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cmthmpsn
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Joined: 21 Jun 2012
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Location: Ontario, Oregon, USA
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6:20 pm Jun 21, 2012

Hello, All. My name is Christina. I've been reading the forums for a little while, so I thought I would introduce myself now and talk a bit about my stitching styles. And if someone will tell me how to post pictures to this forum, I'll also try to attach pictures of some of my past pieces and current WIP to this post.

(Word of warning - I was a journalist in a past career, so I have a similar verbosity as rifestitch)

First, nearly everything I make I give as gifts to those who will appreciate them. Sometimes I wait to give them until after the State Fair, and sometimes I borrow them back for the Fair. I think everything I've entered in the Fair has won ribbons, including one which won a special prize from the EGA. I usually do large pieces, as small pieces hardly seem worth my time. I only keep small pieces on hand to keep me busy on airplanes. For car and hotel trips, I just pack up my big pieces and take them with me.

Currently, I'm working on two projects, and I have several others I've set aside. The first one I'm working on is from Victoria Sampler, it's the Gingerbread House set designed by Thea. The other one I'm working on, and spending much more time, is the free rose pattern from SQ. I've been working on it since the start of the year, and have 37 rows done.

I use the EZ Stitch Lap frame for most of my projects, and I like to work from the top down, as I don't want to be scrolling up and down continually, so I just scroll up. I work a whole row across however many pages of the pattern, then go to the next row, then scroll up when I reach the middle of the stitching space in the frame. I also stitch in the well and use mittens on the scroll rods to keep the excess fabric clean.

Since discovering the SQ website last Fall, I've started parking my threads instead of jumping around. Although, for quite a while, I had been thinking of doing something like parking, I just didn't know it was an accepted technique. For the gingerbread house, it has few enough threads and colors, I simply park my threads on a few magnets at the bottom of my frame. I don't have any trouble knowing what symbol a particular thread is when parking with so few colors.

For the Rose pattern, I am using one Needle Park Avenue for each 10-square column of the graph and parking every needle within that column on that NPA, with the appropriate symbol written on the NPA, so I can verify I have the correct thread when I pick up the parked one.

I've always stitched both vertical and horizontal center lines, then counting up and left to the upper left starting point. Since discovering SQ, I've also started pre-gridding my fabric. I've never done that before, although I had seen Easy Count Guideline in my catalogs for years. I had the misfortune on one prior piece of getting the right half of a Stony Creek wedding sampler I was making for my brother one row lower than the left half several years ago. I'm such a perfectionist that I had to take out the right half when I got to where the two halves were to match up. Pre-gridding would have prevented that error, but after fixing it, I got a Blue Ribbon at the Fair. I can't imagine doing anything as complicated as a SQ pattern without gridding.

For the Rose pattern, I simply used the black transparent nylon sewing thread. I am seeing the point of different colors of gridding for larger projects, but I don't think I'll be buying the expensive Guideline. I've looked online and found green, red, blue, yellow and orange 4 lb test monofilament fishing line at a much cheaper price!

When I started gridding, I was simply stitching over the grid lines. Then I read how some people had trouble pulling out the gridlines when they did that, so I tried to pull out my gridlines in area where I was done, and I found that my nylon thread sometimes broke. Now I am being careful to stitch under my gridlines and to remove them as I get past them.

For SQ patterns, for the detail to be best, I was wanting to use the highest count fabric I could find. I bought very high count "even weaves" to try, but in gridding them, it became apparent they weren't true even weaves, as the warp and weft of the fabrics had obvious size differences. So, I'm using 22 count hardanger, which appears to be very nearly a true even count for warp and weft.

For the high count fabrics, I am using two strands of floss and size 28 needles. And I love the Pinhead stitch to start and end my threads, which I had never heard of before I found SQ! I even do the Pinhead stitch on my 22 count Hardanger fabric!

I don't put lots of emphasis on the neatness of the backs of my pieces, but I have learned that long skips on the back can cause some distortion to patterns, so I never skip more than 5 squares, no matter what count of fabric. Keeping my skips so small means the backs of my pieces are reasonably neat by default, but I don't go out of my way to make my pieces reversible by any means.

I stitch Danish style, doing all the continuous ///// of a particular symbol, then going back and doing the \\\\\ of that color. But I don't skip even one stitch to do a non-continuous ///. I did that in a prior piece, and found the tension of the X on the back from doing non-continuous Danish style stitching caused the skipped area to bulge upward. So, if the symbol is non-continuous, I complete all the continuous symbols then do a skip of not more than 5 squares to the next area of the symbol.

When I park threads, if the stitch directly above is done, then I go ahead and do the stitch below, so I don't have an even horizontal bottom to stitched areas of WIPs.

Nice to meet all of you![/img]
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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10:27 am Jun 22, 2012

quote:
Originally posted by cmthmpsn
Hello, All. My name is Christina.

After reading this, I was expecting to read "I'm a stitchaholic""...
Laughing
Nice to meet you.
cmthmpsn
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Joined: 21 Jun 2012
Posts: 32
Location: Ontario, Oregon, USA
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10:56 am Jun 22, 2012

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Originally posted by BarBaraPrz
quote:
Originally posted by cmthmpsn
Hello, All. My name is Christina.

After reading this, I was expecting to read "I'm a stitchaholic""...
Laughing
Nice to meet you.


I probably am a stitchaholic. I have been known to totally neglect all household tasks when I'm working on a piece I really like.
Divecat
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Joined: 03 Apr 2008
Posts: 172
Location: England
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4:57 am Jun 23, 2012

Hi Christina

Welcome to the wonderful world of SQ! I am looking forward to seeing your updates.

Best wishes - Christine
Patricia
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Joined: 08 Jan 2009
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Location: Florida and Ontario
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11:35 am Jun 24, 2012

Hello Christina, Are you a member of EGA? I belong to the Sand Dunes chapter on the FL. panhandle. I have learned a lot from these ladies.. Stitching
cmthmpsn
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Joined: 21 Jun 2012
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Location: Ontario, Oregon, USA
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10:25 pm Jun 24, 2012

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Hello Christina, Are you a member of EGA? I belong to the Sand Dunes chapter on the FL. panhandle. I have learned a lot from these ladies.. Stitching


Christine, I've sent some pictures to Meredith to put up in the Gallery. As soon as she posts them, you'll be able to see my SQ WIPs.

Patricia, no I'm not a member of EGA, but they sponsored a special cash prize at the Western Idaho State Fair which I won once. They must have a chapter here, but because I have worked mostly the night shift for the past 22 years, it's difficult for me to attend any day or evening group events.
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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11:37 am Jun 26, 2012

Welcome Christina! I look forward to seeing your work!
armywife
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Location: Madison, MS
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9:29 am Aug 05, 2012

Welcome, Christina!

Just curious-what is your job now? You said journalism was a past career.

Pam
cmthmpsn
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Location: Ontario, Oregon, USA
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5:01 pm Aug 05, 2012

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Welcome, Christina!

Just curious-what is your job now? You said journalism was a past career.

Pam


Since 2001, I have been a Certified Nursing Assistant in s couple of hospitals in Idaho, in addition to being in the National Guard. I am going to nursing school in September, to become a Registered Nurse, so my stitching will have to be mostly set aside for a few years.
rifestitch
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12:17 pm Aug 06, 2012

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Originally posted by cmthmpsn

Since 2001, I have been a Certified Nursing Assistant in s couple of hospitals in Idaho, in addition to being in the National Guard. I am going to nursing school in September, to become a Registered Nurse, so my stitching will have to be mostly set aside for a few years.


Thank you for your service, from Sgt. Rife, USAF '86-94 Smile And good luck with school - I hope you get a few stitches in here & there along the way Smile

I was actually in the AF and stationed in the UK when I first started cross stitching (we had a great arts & crafts shop on base), though I had done crewel and other kinds of sewing & crafting ever since I was a kid, in addition to being an art major in high school. I didn't stitch at all when I was in college, and then put it away again, mostly, while my kids were little. I've tried to make up for it since Smile
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