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mary-sue
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6:41 pm May 04, 2011

Hi....
I have been cross-stitiching for many years and just ordered my first scarlet quince pattern. I am so excited.... I can't wait....

I am wondering about something...... I always stitch from the center of the pattern out... sometimes up down or sideways......is it going to be very difficult for me to stay on track doing that type of stitiching?

Thanks so much,

Susan
cinzia8
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Joined: 09 Feb 2011
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Location: Naples, Italy
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6:08 am May 05, 2011

[quote="mary-sue"]Hi....
I have been cross-stitiching for many years and just ordered my first scarlet quince pattern. I am so excited.... I can't wait....

I am wondering about something...... I always stitch from the center of the pattern out... sometimes up down or sideways......is it going to be very difficult for me to stay on track doing that type of stitiching?

Thanks so much,

Susan

I've always stitched from the bottom left up and found it right for me, and even better since I've got a scroll frame.
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rifestitch
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Joined: 16 May 2005
Posts: 639
Location: North of Atlanta
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7:57 am May 05, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by mary-sue
Hi....
I have been cross-stitiching for many years and just ordered my first scarlet quince pattern. I am so excited.... I can't wait....

I am wondering about something...... I always stitch from the center of the pattern out... sometimes up down or sideways......is it going to be very difficult for me to stay on track doing that type of stitiching?

Thanks so much,

Susan


Hi, Susan! Like you, I have done a LOT of projects from the center out - Chatelaines come that way, part by part, and all of the TWs I have done, most I started in the middle, so I could move around if I got bored with a section.

But in recent years, I have begun some projects by starting in the top left corner, after giving myself the 3" margin top & left side - some I have done that way because it's not solidly stitched, and having a corner done is an anchor point, so I can work down or over. Others, like my SQ and HAED, there's a LOT of pages to contend with, and to decrease the risk of getting those out of whack, it's just easier, for me, to go in numerical order. If it's more than 4-6 pages, I will generally start top left. Some people start bottom right (lefties, esp. I think), or like Cinzia, bottom left. Top left works for me, on scroll rods or QSnaps, but especially on scrolls.

There's no reason you CAN'T start in the middle (I have no idea - is the middle marked on a SQ, or would you have to go figure it out? I am NOWHERE CLOSE to the middle of my L&U Shocked ), though I bet gridding would probably help you to do that - see the TIPS section here for gridding if you aren't familiar with it. Maybe even only gridding the page breaks, as opposed to all of the 10x10s...

If that's how you are accustomed to working, give it a try, if you are fairly confident the number of pages won't hose you up along the way. There's no right or wrong, only personal preference, so try it and see; if it doesn't work for whatever reason, don't be afraid to try something new - what works for one project may not work for another! What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa Smile
Patricia
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Location: Florida and Ontario
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10:43 am May 05, 2011

Hi Susan,,I am a "leftie" but I start many at the top left. I think I keep it cleaner that way and don't draqg my hand across it. I will start in the centre if the pattern is not too big with many pages..Most of the SQ I start up in the corner with 3" to spare both up, down and on the sides, but I have been known to not count or measure correctly and blow it. Then there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. If I start in the middle, I wiggle my way up to the top left. Like a little path. Laughing

quote:
Originally posted by rifestitch
quote:
Originally posted by mary-sue
Hi....
I have been cross-stitiching for many years and just ordered my first scarlet quince pattern. I am so excited.... I can't wait....

I am wondering about something...... I always stitch from the center of the pattern out... sometimes up down or sideways......is it going to be very difficult for me to stay on track doing that type of stitiching?

Thanks so much,

Susan


Hi, Susan! Like you, I have done a LOT of projects from the center out - Chatelaines come that way, part by part, and all of the TWs I have done, most I started in the middle, so I could move around if I got bored with a section.

But in recent years, I have begun some projects by starting in the top left corner, after giving myself the 3" margin top & left side - some I have done that way because it's not solidly stitched, and having a corner done is an anchor point, so I can work down or over. Others, like my SQ and HAED, there's a LOT of pages to contend with, and to decrease the risk of getting those out of whack, it's just easier, for me, to go in numerical order. If it's more than 4-6 pages, I will generally start top left. Some people start bottom right (lefties, esp. I think), or like Cinzia, bottom left. Top left works for me, on scroll rods or QSnaps, but especially on scrolls.

There's no reason you CAN'T start in the middle (I have no idea - is the middle marked on a SQ, or would you have to go figure it out? I am NOWHERE CLOSE to the middle of my L&U Shocked ), though I bet gridding would probably help you to do that - see the TIPS section here for gridding if you aren't familiar with it. Maybe even only gridding the page breaks, as opposed to all of the 10x10s...

If that's how you are accustomed to working, give it a try, if you are fairly confident the number of pages won't hose you up along the way. There's no right or wrong, only personal preference, so try it and see; if it doesn't work for whatever reason, don't be afraid to try something new - what works for one project may not work for another! What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa Smile
BarBaraPrz
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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11:32 am May 05, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by mary-sue
Hi....
is it going to be very difficult for me to stay on track doing that type of stitiching?



Probably...
Laughing
(Rife already said anything else I might have to add.)
mary-sue
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Joined: 23 Apr 2011
Posts: 10
Location: canada
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9:21 pm May 06, 2011

Thank you for all your input..... The only way I know how to stitich is from the centre out, so I am going to try and stick with that.....
I had a long drive today and because I live in the boonies.... I could drive and think about my pattern.... Once it arrives, I am going to go get each page photo-copied and tape it onto bristol board... That way I should be able to see the whole pattern and not lose my place...
If anyone else has tried this, could you please tell me how this worked for you....

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions

Mary-Sue Smile
armywife
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Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 107
Location: Madison, MS
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7:05 pm May 07, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by mary-sue
Thank you for all your input..... The only way I know how to stitich is from the centre out, so I am going to try and stick with that.....
I had a long drive today and because I live in the boonies.... I could drive and think about my pattern.... Once it arrives, I am going to go get each page photo-copied and tape it onto bristol board... That way I should be able to see the whole pattern and not lose my place...
If anyone else has tried this, could you please tell me how this worked for you....

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions

Mary-Sue Smile

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Mary-Sue,
Hi, I also stitch from the middle, and that is how I started my first (and only) SQ so far. I am almost finished with 2 pages, ad so far, so good. But as of now, I am still working in the hoop. When I am finished with these two pages, I will have to get a frame. I don't want to put the hoop over the stitched part if I can avoid it. I have copied 2 pages and taped them together to help me keep it straight with the page breaks, and I plan to do that with the rest as I work on it. It is working pretty well, as I will go with a symbol over the page breaks if there are only a few stitches left of that symbol. Best of luck with this and let me know if you learn anything about "stitching a SQ from the middle."

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