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Patricia
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11:57 am Feb 23, 2013

I usually prefer to work on 16 ct and two floss, but I have started The Young Gardener on 18 ct with two threads. It seems really tight. Should I have use just one thread???
BarBaraPrz
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11:44 am Feb 24, 2013

I've always used two threads on 18 count. I like the coverage and don't find it too tight to work. Try using a thinner needle. Some really are too thick.
rifestitch
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9:21 am Feb 25, 2013

I also normally use 2 threads on 18ct - I'm using 2 on 22ct for Lady & Unicorn. I assume Gardener has blends, so unless you take the time to do one leg in one color and the other leg in the other color, you HAVE to use 2 threads.

I have done some motif samplers on 36ct (linen equivalent to 18ct) and only used 1 strand of silk - but being a sampler, it is not intended to have full coverage, the fabric it is on is intended to be part of the design.

As Barbara suggested, try a smaller needle; I always use 28 petites for cross stitching, myself, so not sure anymore of the biggest size that goes through 18 easily - 24 might be a bit too big, too.
Patricia
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1:31 pm Feb 27, 2013

Thanks Barbara and Karen, Of course it is blended,,duh to me.. .. A smaller needle may do the trick..

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I also normally use 2 threads on 18ct - I'm using 2 on 22ct for Lady & Unicorn. I assume Gardener has blends, so unless you take the time to do one leg in one color and the other leg in the other color, you HAVE to use 2 threads.

I have done some motif samplers on 36ct (linen equivalent to 18ct) and only used 1 strand of silk - but being a sampler, it is not intended to have full coverage, the fabric it is on is intended to be part of the design.

As Barbara suggested, try a smaller needle; I always use 28 petites for cross stitching, myself, so not sure anymore of the biggest size that goes through 18 easily - 24 might be a bit too big, too.
rifestitch
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3:27 pm Mar 20, 2013

Patricia, did you try a smaller needle? Did that help?
Patricia
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7:27 am Mar 21, 2013

Yes, it seems too, thanks. Also it helps to come down into the stitch on a 90 deg instead of a slanted angle. Live, stitch and learn.. Stitching
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Patricia, did you try a smaller needle? Did that help?
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