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CathyG
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10:33 pm Feb 02, 2013

Hi everyone. I have been a member for a long time. I have never done an elaborate pattern like these at SQ. I purchased a few patterns and packed them away and forgot I had them. javascript:emoticon('Rolling Eyes')

A year ago I had a fungus attack my spine and paralyze me and it affected my brain in small ways. I am able to walk now but it causes me pain to move so while sitting in my stillness I thought about my cross stitch. I have not cross stitched in years so I pulled out my box of goodies.
I picked out a simple kit I had that I wanted to finish and oh my goodness I think I tore out every third stitch, I guess I lost the ability to count! I am getting better with more practice and that is good because I love x stitch and can not believe I haven't done any in years. And now it is one of the few things I can still do and enjoy!

Anyways I am wanting to start my Take the Face of a Woman (which I love) and was searching in the forums for fabric suggestions and I guess I feel overwhelmed!! and terrified!!! to make the wrong choice. After all the money and time it will take from first stitch to frame it is a little daunting. And where do you find the larger size fabrics?
There doesn't seem to be a lot of activity on the boards, but if any one is out there please help!!!
I think for SQ aida sounds fine but can I do 22 count or will the stiches be to tight or crowded somehow??
I also have a TW that I want to do and I am totally lost to which fabric to use, there are so many.
Patricia
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8:10 am Feb 03, 2013

Hi Cathy, as you read what stitchers write here, you will know that each one has their own individual style and preferences as to what they like to use. Here is mine
If the fabric is to be compleltly coveredd, I use Aidia. if not I use an even weave fabric. Not particular as to the maker. I usually use a 16ct. never a 22 ct., but that is just me.
If I am not sure if I am starting in from the left top enough , or there is no real pattern until I get into it, (some patterns have a lot of sky or dark walls,) then I start in the middle and wiggle my way up and to the left as long as the pattern is not too huge. Have to be sure you count correctly on this however, as there have been times I have been a stitch off, then ribbit...ribbit.
If your pattern is very large and you can't buy the correct dimensions precut in your store, then loolk on line and order it. Just google "cross stitch fabric" and you will find lots.
Have fun getting your floss, etc, organized, then the first stich may be daunting before it is stitched, but then it is such an accomplishment.. good luck. I am sure you will get other suggestions from the great stitchers here..
Lani
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12:04 pm Feb 03, 2013

First, best wishes on your recovery, Cathy!

Second, please don't put any pressure on yourself over fabric. You can use any you would like. Check out 123 Stitch for larger pieces of Aida. If you can't find the size you want, email Joanne at 123 Stitch, and she will do her best to find it to you. I've used Aida on all my SQs, and am now using an evenweave for my Golden Kite. I wish I was using Aida, but it's too late to go back now. The good thing is, with these patterns in the end it won't matter what fabric you use, as the fabric will be completely covered, and no one will be able to tell in the end.

I did use 22 count on one, and it was a bit of a tight fit, especially in the areas where I had a lot of confetti stitches. The end result is great, though.

Whatever you decide to use, just enjoy the process and know that you will have a beautiful result!

Best wishes, Lani
CathyG
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4:28 pm Feb 03, 2013

Lani and Patricia thank you for answering me!
I can see where aida will be fine for SQ's though I wanted to do it in 22 ct so the picture wouldn't be as big so I guess I will give it a try.
I mostly get confused about the other fabrics since aida is what comes in the kits I have purchased in the past. But I will start my SQ an soon as I can get shopping.
Yes I did notice page after page of black background and thought oh my that will take forever to muddle through but now I am getting a bit excited about getting started. Oh well back to my butterfly for now. Get some stitching in!!
rifestitch
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7:47 pm Feb 03, 2013

Hey, Cathy! If I'd had the computer on at all yesterday, I'd have answered earlier Smile Lani & Patricia have you pointed in the right direction, though, so you are in good hands!

First, let me just say how sorry I am to hear of your medical condition; I do hope that you find comfort in stitching again.

As for the 22ct, it IS a tight fit, but it does have a wonderful result. If you think the tight fit might be a bit of a bother, you could try some 20ct, which isn't as easy to come by in local shops, generally, but is what I plan to get for the next SQ I do (I have a Monet yelling START ME from the file cabinet right this minute). But the 22 will work, it is just a bit more work in heavy-confetti areas. You can see my Lady & Unicorn on 22ct here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rifestitch/sets/72157631684912650/

As for your TW, you will want an evenweave of some kind, just because of all of her fractional stitches (which SQs don't have); way back when I learned to XS, TW was what I learned on, and aida was all I knew about/had access to - I did the fractionals, using quilting sharps as my needles, to push through the centers of the aida blocks, but once I found evenweave, there's no way I would ever do another TW on aida. I have used everything - 28ct (equiv. of 14ct aida) up to 36ct (equiv. to 18ct), so let your comfort level, and the finished size, be your guide there.

If interested, you can see my version of The Castle, which I did on a 36ct hand dyed linen from Silkweaver, with the entire dragon covered in several colors of BF, and a bit of a mod in the rocks & water by his tail, here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rifestitch/sets/72157632177933914/ I don't currently have any of my other TW finishes posted anywhere, since Webshots went away...

Welcome to SQ - please do check in with us and let us know how you get on!
cmthmpsn
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9:08 pm Feb 03, 2013

Cathy,

First, let me say I'm sorry you have this medical condition. I, too, have recently increased my stitching time due to an unfortunate diagnosis.

Now, the next step is: TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Regaining your calm is the first step to conquering your panic.

I recommend you start with smaller projects and work your way up to the big SQ or TW projects. You said it's been a long while since you've done any stitching, and your new physical situation may add to your (re)learning curve. It will hopefully be a quick learning curve, but maybe find a few bookmarks, or other small projects, to help you relearn the proper techniques. It's best to keep your sense of accomplishment up by finishing small projects as you relearn your stitching than to get frustrated with too many stitching errors in large projects.

Personally, I use 22-count Aida for my SQ projects. But, I have to use a magnifying glass to stitch on that fabric. As someone mentioned, you can find the large pieces of fabric at online shops. Personally, I often shop at Nordic Needle (www.nordicneedle.com), but I think I have purchased from 123stitch also. The advantage to shopping at online shops is that your lack of physical mobility won't keep you from shopping for your stitching supplies. Smile

Keep stitching, and keep us posted as you progress! We are here to help support you and every other stitcher.

Christina
CathyG
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10:46 pm Feb 04, 2013

Christina I did read about your cancer, soooo glad they caught it early!
Thank you for your post. I read TAKE A DEEP BREATH and suddenly my brain said yah, relax and I suddenly felt better, power of suggestion, LOL!

I had to learn SO many things over again, the first time I typed it was all gobbledy goop and I just broke down and cried. Then I just tried again and kept trying. Probably the scariest moment was not when they said I may not walk again but when I drove through a drive through and after getting my food for a few seconds I couldn't remember how to put the window back up. I started pushing all the buttons!javascript:emoticon('Laughing') Really weird the things that I had problems with because driving itself was a piece of cake...weird. (This was in 2011 so I am doing much better now, thank the Lord)

I did start working on some small projects from kits or patterns purchased at Hobby Lobby and such, that was all I had ever done in the past. I was frustrated at how many mistakes I was making at first but I love cross stitch so much I didn't let it stop me and things are getting much better already.

I guess it is picking the right evenweave that really frightens me but I think I will settle with what I am doing now and will get the 'feel' for what I would like eventually. (and BREATHE)
Cathy
CathyG
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11:18 pm Feb 04, 2013

Karen,
Your L&U looks like it is coming along wonderfully and I really do not know HOW you deal with all that confetti! Do you do individual stitches or do you carry your thread to the next stitch securing it as you go? It is looking beautiful, how long have you been working on it?

Your castle is BEAUTIFUL. I absolutely love the dyed cloth you used, I would not even have known to look for it and it makes it look misty. Love it! And I love the little rocks and water you added just seems to set the scene a bit better. I have this chart too and would love to add that to my own if I ever get to it! And will be looking for something dyed like that because that pattern seems to have a lot of open space!
I have that and The Minstrel and The Fortunate Traveler. I will probably put off the fractions for awhile and do my SQ Take the Fair Face of a Woman, which I am itching to do but am getting use to the stitching again with the good ole simple Leisure Arts kits I have (I know they do not compare to any of these other projects and probably are not worth mentioning but they will give me good practice). It is choosing the Linen type fabrics for these that puts me off a bit so thank you so much for your information!!!

I am doing a butterfly for myself (first thing I will have kept for me, I give everything I stitch and paint away), and a picture of Bears on a picnic for my new grandson coming in May. When I start my SQ I think I will keep some of my other simple charts out to give me a break so I don't get overwhelmed. But who knows maybe my fingers will fly! javascript:emoticon('Laughing')
rifestitch
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12:34 pm Feb 05, 2013

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Karen,
Your L&U looks like it is coming along wonderfully and I really do not know HOW you deal with all that confetti! Do you do individual stitches or do you carry your thread to the next stitch securing it as you go? It is looking beautiful, how long have you been working on it?


Thank you so much for your lovely compliments Smile

I am in Year 7 on L&U, and would really like to get to the 50% mark by the end of 2013, though as I have 20 projects going, all of them big or BIGGER, I doubt it, unless the next couple of pages go realllyyyy fast Smile Since I pretty much learned how to cross stitch on TW (The Unicorn, on BLACK I might add), once I got past a couple of Paula Vaughn pieces, I have pretty much always done confetti-filled pieces. Now, when I started L&U, I did try the parking method (it's here in the Tips & Tutorials section if you are unfamiliar with parking) - I gave it a good year and a half, and hated every minute of it. So I quit parking and went back to my usual method of follow-the-symbol - I'll pick the most predominant symbol in the area I am working, and follow it until I either get all the ones within that area done, or run out of thread/get tired of re-threading that color. I generally don't jump more than an inch to get to a location. As it's L&U we're talking about, there are a lot of single stitches, and if they are spread out far enough, yes, I tie on/off a LOT. The back looks like something the cat barfed up - but it IS consistent all the way across, and with all the TWs I've done this same way, haven't had any issue framing one yet Smile Works for me, even though it would probably cause a massive stroke in a "purist" - who would never do a design like L&U to begin with Smile Evil or Very Mad


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Originally posted by CathyG
Your castle is BEAUTIFUL. I absolutely love the dyed cloth you used, I would not even have known to look for it and it makes it look misty. Love it! And I love the little rocks and water you added just seems to set the scene a bit better. I have this chart too and would love to add that to my own if I ever get to it! And will be looking for something dyed like that because that pattern seems to have a lot of open space!
I have that and The Minstrel and The Fortunate Traveler. I will probably put off the fractions for awhile and do my SQ Take the Fair Face of a Woman, which I am itching to do but am getting use to the stitching again with the good ole simple Leisure Arts kits I have (I know they do not compare to any of these other projects and probably are not worth mentioning but they will give me good practice). It is choosing the Linen type fabrics for these that puts me off a bit so thank you so much for your information!!!


To start with choosing an evenweave, keep it simple. A nice 25 or 28ct lugana, which has gads of basic colors, is all you need until you get the feel for it. And then you can venture out with the hand dyed pieces, though I find with most TWs, you want a plain fabric, because she has it all going on in the stitching Smile I have English Garden Sampler as a WIP now, and it's on old plain-Jane 28ct evenweave that I picked up at Hobby Lobby years ago. The Castle got the hand dyed linen because, as you noted, there's lotsa space left open. That particular color is called Castle View - I thought it was a pretty perfect match for Drachenstein (the name of my Dragon) Smile Of all of the TWs I have finished, he is probably still my favorite, though as he's hung in the 15 yo's room, I don't see him very often - I try not to go in there unless I have to Smile

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Originally posted by CathyG
I am doing a butterfly for myself (first thing I will have kept for me, I give everything I stitch and paint away), and a picture of Bears on a picnic for my new grandson coming in May. When I start my SQ I think I will keep some of my other simple charts out to give me a break so I don't get overwhelmed. But who knows maybe my fingers will fly!Laughing


This is exactly why I have so many things going. Okay, in reality, I used to only have one big piece, and then something smaller to take a break on, because if I was bored with a piece, I wouldn't stitch at all. Of course, now I'm buried in WIPs, but I can honestly say, I am NEVER bored, and want to work on them ALL (not to mention add another 20 to the pile). But it's good to have something else to switch to if the brain's not coping with the one in front of you; some days, it's all I can do to get home from work, so sometimes I need something easy & mindless, because I have to work on SOMETHING, I cannot just sit & do nothing, unless I'm reading (in which case, I'm asleep 5 pages in - which is why it takes me 3 months to read a 700 page book - I switched stitching for reading somewhere along the line, so where I used to read 1000 pages a week, I now stitch 10+ hours a week)...
CathyG
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1:53 am Feb 06, 2013

Karen thank you.
There are a few I was looking at after I read your last post (Castle View being one of them) and I wasn't sure. I didn't want too busy or too dark (although I thought the castle in a storm might look cool) and also wondered how on earth you match it up to not clash with the finished product!

It wasn't till just a couple of years ago that I found that they had such patterns like these when I found SQ. All I did was Leisure etc. So it was such an new adventure to look for patterns I bought 3 SQ, 3 TW, and 2 HAED's then some how I put them away and forgot about them. Took getting sick and not being able to do much for me to remember and pull them out. Along with 30 or so smaller projects I guess I will keep busy for a long time. Plus I paint and promised my friend to do Christmas bulbs for the church sale this year. So I have to get busy busy busy!!

I was an avid reader for years, staying up all night to read a book that had captured my attention. Then one day I realized between reading and work I never got anything done. Now I have the time since I can't work but then I couldn't do my other projects so I am trying to train my brain to listen to a book on tape. I thought it would be the same as listening to music but I have a hard time following the story. Just another thing to train my brain! Laughing
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