Hello everyone I am new to this forum but it looks very helpful.
I have seen in the WIP section, including The Project, that people are working each page of a chart and then going on to the next page and so on. I use this method, completing each line and parking my threads in the line below as necessary. However, I was reading the Tips section of this site which states
"When you begin stitching with a color, stitch at least all contiguous stitches in that color. DO NOT stitch one 10 x 10 square at a time, or even one page at a time. Your stitching will show an obvious checkerboard effect if you do that."
Has anyone who uses the page by page method experienced this sort of problem. Does it show up as a checkerboard effect as stated above.
I would be interested to hear anyone else's experience and sorry this is so long but I find that having spent the last 50 years typing it comes out my fingers just like it does if I am talking and I do that lot!!!!
LOL... long posts are GOOD... the more information the better.
I am working one page at a time BUT, when I get close to an edge, I look at the next page over to see if the color continues. Sometimes it works out well because there are only a few stitches in that color over the line, and if I hadnt looked I would have had to restart and anchor a new thread when I got to that page.
I mark the page breaks in the margin of the fabric with basting thread or a fabric pen. This way I know where the page ends/begins after branching out across page lines.
I have done lots of TW designs in my life, and have often stopped at page boundaries, and have never had an issue with lines appearing. But I have seen a couple of pictures from internet friends who have had that happen, where they've either done the 10x10 or to the edge of the page, and for the life of me, I can't figure out how it happens. Granted, I think it's only been twice in 20+ years of stitching that I've seen it, so I would assume it's not too common. Whatever causes it, it isn't something I do naturally, so no worries.
The SQ I am working on, L&U, I am still on page 1, but have ventured a bit onto 2, as well, so won't have page lines regardless. I cannot work strictly enough to do 10x10 - I try to do an area of the design, not blocks of the graph, so follow the colors where they lead, using parking. But I have also gridded my fabric in the 10's, so don't necessarily need to limit myself that way.
I think it just depends on your stitching style; if you are more comfortable with doing it strictly in sections, then you may just have to do a sample area to see if you get the checkerboard effect. If you can work in a way that you aren't limiting yourself to "stay within the lines" of whatever (10x10, page, etc.), then I think you'll be okay. If you were to look at my WIP, you'd never know where I left off, because I work different areas at different times, depending on if I am bored with a section or not.
What are you working on?
And yes, my post is ridiculously long - I type much better than I speak. Long posts are okay - they haven't told me to stop yet!
quote:Originally posted by rifestitch ...And yes, my post is ridiculously long - I type much better than I speak. Long posts are okay - they haven't told me to stop yet!
Rife is famous for the ramble. We like it...
Glad I am not the only one where that applies.
I am doing The Young Hare picture by Albrecht Durer starting in the top left corner with the antique paper effect where the colours are so similar that it is quite difficult to see a difference between the threads when actually working. It is only when one pulls back that you can see the pattern emerging.
Thanks very much all of you for your replies. I am somewhat reassured now about the possibility or not of the chequerboard effect. However, one thing I definitely had not thought about was whether there might be just the one stitch in the next line over the page. So I am going to check down the edge of my page 2 and see if this applies and if so I will do those as I go. So thanks for that pointer.
I find I much prefer to do a whole line with the threads parked below then doing groups or areas of stitches. It seems to satisfy some inner need for neatness, although I would have to say I am not a tidy person at all except for the area where I am actually working.
The other thing I found interesting from reading the forums was the idea where when one is using a very fine weave and wants to do 1 over 1 but the stitch is a blend to use one colour for one leg of the cross and the other colour for the other leg of the cross. I had started doing this picture on 36 count but decided that two threads even over two was "bunchy" so re-started on 32 count. I had not done much so I did not mind, however, I don't think now I can bring myself to start again on the 36 count using the above method. I am a bit of a purist and perfectionist but there has to be a limit as to how many times ones starts a project.
Thanks everyone for your help. If I have any more problems I will not hesitate to call on your wide experience again.
It happens when the stitches are all "drawn" away from the page's edge in both directions but back-side threads criss-cross is a more random manner in all other areas.
I generally work parallel to the scroll/roller bar, shuffling several pages to get all the way across. The set-up has the scrollbars relatively close together so only 1/3 or 1/2 of a page might be stitched before rolling would be required.
quote:Originally posted by joypmarsh Has anyone who uses the page by page method experienced this sort of problem. Does it show up as a checkerboard effect as stated above.