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stitcherfe
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8:28 pm Jan 08, 2007

Thanks, Sharon. I've looked at their website, and will watch it, also.

Happy Stitching

Nancy Smile
stitcherfe
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8:42 pm Feb 28, 2007

Another update: I've finished 'Jewels of the Orient'!!! Razz , now am working on an afghan, and going to start 'The Young Gardener' as soon as I get the floss organized.

Wish I knew how to make the back of the work on the afghan look as nice as the front! Sad I loop the starting stitches whenever I can, have done some of the starting with a 'waste knot', which works well, and am trying to tie in the finish end to blend as well as possible with the same colour, but...my cross stitches don't show as crosses on the reverse side. Is there any trick to that? Or am I expecting too much?

Thanks for reading this. I'm trying to get a decent picture of 'Jewels' to put in my album, but haven't had much success yet. Will try again soon.

Happy Stitching! Stitching

Nancy
Alanna
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5:04 am Mar 01, 2007

Congratulations Nancy- you're a fast worker! What afghan are you making?
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10:33 am Mar 01, 2007

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Originally posted by stitcherfe
but...my cross stitches don't show as crosses on the reverse side. Is there any trick to that? Or am I expecting too much?

Nancy



There is one trick I know of, but it only really works on large areas of the same color... you do one leg of the cross, every second stitch so that you get a cross on the other side, then come back to do the second cross, then do the missing stitches the same way. It's time consuming, to say the least.
Alanna
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10:37 am Mar 01, 2007

As far as I'm aware, the objective is not to get crosses on the back, but just to be as neat as possible. My backs look like long bars, all running in the same direction. Sometimes I get a seam up the edge if I should be working top to bottom or left to right in that direction, but that doesn't bother me- my backs are still neat!
stitcherfe
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8:19 am Mar 02, 2007

Alanna: It is a Lady Elizabeth afghan by Charles Craft, and I am using patterns from the 'Butterfly Collection' book by Cross My Heart. The stitch is 14 count, so it goes quite quickly, which is a nice change since doing so much 18 count on 'Jewels'.

Thanks for your help, everyone.

Happy Stitching Stitching

Nancy.

Also, just an fyi, I have a couple of pictures of the finished 'Jewels of the Orient' in my album (Stitcherfe) in Intricatexs.

Nancy.
Alanna
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3:01 am Mar 09, 2007

Sounds lovely!
stitcherfe
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8:54 am Mar 20, 2007

Well, I've started 'The Young Gardener'. A real challenge for me. Did I already mention this somewhere else? I loose track of what I've posted, and can't find it right now. Embarassed

Anyway, I started in the upper left corner, with the trees, and all the colour changes have been a bit tedious. I wondered if I'd bitten off more than I could chew, so to speak. But, it's getting easier now that I have moved away from the corner. Mind you, I've only done about 200 stitches, but it seems to be getting easier. Once I move into the main part of the picture, I'm sure I won't be able to leave it alone--just one more row to see what it looks like!

I'm doing it on 18 count aida, which gives very good coverage.

Happy Stitching Stitching

Nancy
Alanna
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5:07 am Mar 28, 2007

This is going to be beautiful when it's finished, Nancy. And don't worry about biting off a big challenge- it's just one foot after the other, and take time to chew each mouthful thoughtfully!
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11:00 pm Mar 28, 2007

Thanks for your support, Alanna. I have done a bit more on the 'Gardener', and the back is still very thick with the many starts and finishes. I'm using the loop and also the pinhead method to start colours, but still ending up with a bunch on the back.
We're on vacation right now in Las Vegas, so I'm taking a break from stitching Confused

I'm trying to decide if I took out what I've done, and started over, if it would look any better. That's a big decision for me. I keep hoping it will look better.

Thank you once more for your support, Alanna.

Happy Stitching Stitching
Nancy
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