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Alanna
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3:46 am Mar 29, 2007

Ooooooh gosh, I wouldn't go pulling anything out for the sake of a little thickness on the back! I don't know whether you're parking or not, but I find the less I can finish and restart a colour the neater the result. Sometimes you use more floss anchoring on and off than you would to just carry it the distance to the next stitch under the back. What is the pinhead method by the way? Anyway, enjoy your break, Nancy and I'm sure you'll come back even more motivated than ever!
rifestitch
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1:54 pm Mar 29, 2007

You know, I just had an interesting conversation with a designer the other day about backs. I am sure I have put a reply in here somewhere that my backs are between me and my framer - I'm not necessarily interested in lines and crosses, and when doing a design that is 90% confetti, I'm going to have lots of stops & starts. My stance has always been, so long as the thickness on the back is relatively consistent across the piece - no huge wads or knots to poke out once it's stretched, you're good to go.

She told me what she discovered - you can read it in her blog, here:
http://effervescentdesigns.com/effdesblog/?p=34

If you want to take the time to make your backs 100% perfect, and it DOESN'T BECOME WORK, thus negating the Relaxation part of stitching, go for it. Me, I am 99% concerned with the front, 1% with the back, in that I know to not use knots and I do trim tails when I am done, when I know they are very well anchored.

I would like to present a challenge, though; if anyone can do Lady & Unicorn, which is 90% confetti, and make the back indistinguishable from the front, I will vow to take my humble needle and go home - I am unworthy! But I would ask 1) how much extra work & time did it take you, and 2) how's your sanity holding up? Don't ever forget - stitching is supposed to be FUN! Laughing
stitcherfe
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8:19 pm Apr 01, 2007

Alanna: Thanks for your encouragement, once more. The way I do pinhead stitch is to do two half-stitches for the first part of the cross(/), which anchors the thread without knotting it in the back. Some descriptions I've read advise to use two horizontal stitches below the cross, but I have found the other works fine. I bury the end of the thread in adjoining stitches so it doesn't get pulled to the front of my work. I'm just doing what works for me. The other desciptions seem to lay the end of the thread under the stitch they are starting, but I haven't mastered that yet.

Rifestitch: Maybe I am obsessing too much over the back of my work. The 18 count I am working on seems much tighter than that which I have worked on in kits. And certainly the number of changes of colours is much more than I've ever had in a kit. So, this is the challenge in doing a fine art work! Confused
When we get home, and I get back to stitching, I will have to reassess the work, and decide what to do. As I said, I don't have that much done on it, and would rather re-do it than be uncomfortable with it. But, that won't be for another few days.
I agree that if you can't enjoy your hobby, it's not a hobby; it becomes unpleasant work.

Happy Stitching, everyone Stitching

Nancy
stitcherfe
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9:49 am Apr 23, 2007

Thought I'd update you on my stitching, especially after all your support you gave me about the back of my work.
I decided to leave in the stitches I had started, and have continued. The back is still a mess, but not as bulky as when I started. I have only done about 700 stitches in the upper left corner of 'The Young Gardener', which is the trees. It has a lot of colour changes, which I have always found when doing trees. I am parking, which decreases the number of starts and finishes needed. To start a colour, I use a waste knot, and anchor the first stitch with a pinhead stitch.
I'm starting to see the picture, even though there isn't much there yet. But I can see the blending of colours the artist did in creating the trees. Or, at least, that's what I think, and that is a purely biased opinion. It makes me want to get in that next bit of stitching to see how it adds to the picture, and that's always what has made stitching interesting to me.

I've finished 4 of the butterflies on the afghan, almost finished another one. There will be at least 8 butterflies in total, maybe 10, depending on what it looks like. By mistake, I somehow turned it when stitching the first two butterflies, so the design is horizontal instead of vertical, which I had intended. Confused But I didn't want to take those first two out, so have continued with the others the same way. It'll be good to put on the back of a sofa, I guess. Rolling Eyes

So, that's where I'm at. I'll keep you posted, and when there is something more interesting in 'Gardener', I may post a picture.

Hope all are keeping well.

Happy Stitching! Stitching

Nancy.
Alanna
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1:50 pm Apr 23, 2007

Yay Nancy! Well done for not giving up and for making even more progress! I'm sure you've made the right decision. Can't wait to see your pic when you post it.

My project is also progressing very slowly at the moment, but I don't care, I'm enjoying it whenever I do it, and missing it whenever I can't get to it!

Such is the stitcher's life!
rifestitch
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3:34 pm Apr 23, 2007

Oh, good, I'm glad you muscled through it! I definitely want to see some progress pics!

I'm working on my Lady & Unicorn this week - I hope to make the first rabbit appear. Unless I work on some completely different section - who knows where the needle might take me?

Happy Stitching everyone!
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Alanna
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3:48 pm Apr 23, 2007

Good luck Rife, I vote for the rabbit! Very Happy
stitcherfe
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4:20 pm Apr 23, 2007

I just looked at 'Lady', Rife. Wow. A lot of detail. Did you start at the top or the bottom? What count are you doing it on?

Looks like a good project Laughing

Nancy.
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5:10 pm Apr 23, 2007

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Originally posted by rifestitch
I hope to make the first rabbit appear.


Taking up prestidigitation?
Laughing
rifestitch
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2:31 pm Apr 24, 2007

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Originally posted by stitcherfe
I just looked at 'Lady', Rife. Wow. A lot of detail. Did you start at the top or the bottom? What count are you doing it on?

Looks like a good project Laughing

Nancy.


I started top left, and I am doing it on 22ct. My start is in the gallery here, though I am a bit further than shown there. BTW, I am doing the smaller version of Hearing, not the bigger one. I don't even want to discuss the other Sense - I think I'm going to be good & sick of red by the time I finish this one Smile
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