Hello all! Well, as you know I have been plodding along with my "Down on His Luck" pattern and this has been my experimental piece as far as teaching myself parking is concerned. The main problem is that most of the part I've already done is done in half-stitch so I still haven't had much practice with parking in full cross stitch. But I have a question about this to the parking veterans out there:
I usually stitch using the Danish method of doing all bottom legs of one colour in a row then coming back and doing all the top legs. But I'm thinking that in parking it may be better to use the English method, i.e. complete each cross as I go so I haven't got threads running all over the place. What do you think? Who uses Danish in parking? and how does it work for you?
When I was parking on L&U, I would use the Danish where I could, along a single row - if the next row picked up at the same end where I would end up on the 2nd pass. If the next row picked up at the other end, then I would cross as I went, to end up down there with this row done (did that make sense?).
Actually, come to think of it, I do that whether I park or not - if I can do several stitches in Danish, I do; if it doesn't make sense, I don't. I have both methods in most of my non-variegated pieces, depending on how the designs works. If I'm using variegated thread, then I cross each one as I go, to make the variegation work to it's fullest.