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Alanna
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7:36 pm Oct 20, 2008

Hi everyone, thought it was about time to ask a conversation piece type question and one that has been lurking in the back of my mind for a little while now:

What is it that slows you down most when working on a xs piece? (apart from the obvious: work/kids/rest of your life!!)

For myself it would be these things in this order:

1. Threading the floss through other stitches on the back - in confetti areas, I often feel like I'm spending more time looking at the back of the piece than the front!

2. Looking back at the pattern too often. I try to minimise the number of times I have to look at the pattern to do a series of stitches, because even with highlighting the squares and using a magnetic placekeeper, it always takes a few seconds to find your place on the chart again each time. In the beginning I used to have to look for each stitch, then I worked it up to small blocks of the same colour, and now I can do more complicated blocks of the same colour (keeping a geometrical representation in my mind, or an up-2-over-1-skip-3 type formula in my head).

3. Daydreaming! I can easily get lost in thoughts of the genre: "I'm nearly finished this colour, gee it's looking great, then I'll do that colour over there, that might take a while, then that colour and that colour, they'll be easy because they're not even blends..." and on and on and on, and then half an hour later I realise I've planned out the entire pattern... without taking a single stitch! Plonker! Shocked

What about you? Razz
rifestitch
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8:22 am Oct 21, 2008

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Originally posted by Alanna

What is it that slows you down most when working on a xs piece? (apart from the obvious: work/kids/rest of your life!!)




1) Probably being too tired, which then leads to daydreaming or staring blankly at the chart and/or the tv. There are nights where I just cannot wrap the brain around confetti stitching - I do plan the stitching, like Alanna said, this one, then that one there, then..., only to find that by the time I plan the course, I just don't have any steam left to actually do it Smile Then, when I pick it up again the next night, I of course go a complete different path. That's why I have made sure that I have less-difficult projects to hand - I still need to put a few stitches into something before I can go to sleep.

2) Well, I will admit that I am a tv junkie, so if it's new tv season, like now, I try to watch my favorite shows and stitch, which means I spend a lot of time trying to figure out where I am, on the fabric and/or on the chart. When I have movies I've seen or other tv on, it's basically there so I can look up every so often and let my eyes adjust to looking at something across the room for a minute or two, so I don't necessarily need to keep up with what's going on, or can keep up purely by listening.

3) Dropping/losing stuff. Now that I have a "lap" dog (all 40 pounds of her), I am constantly having to readjust my project, which I normally spread out on the seat to the left of my spot; but when the dog jumps up, down, up, down, up , down, circles around 3 times and collapses right on top of me, my stuff tends to go all over. Stuff goes down between the seats, which on my couch, as it's a 2-seater recliner, means straight to the floor, so if a kid is handy, I'll have them dig it out for me (scissors & my highlighters are forever falling through the crack!), to save me having to push the stand away, move other stuff off my lap, etc. If I have to retrieve my dropped stuff, it could take minutes! And that's not counting when I just lose it somewhere around me - if my legs are folded up under my frame, I'll wedge my highlighter in the bend of my knee, and my scissors either under my knee, or in 2-3 other likely locations. Some nights, I lose my scissors every time I let go of them, though those are usually also the nights I am really getting the stitches in Smile

I also find on the weekends or the odd day that I have off of work, when I plan to stitch during the day because I can, I don't make the same progress as I would during the same amount of time at night - it just doesn't seem natural to me to do a lot of stitching when the sun's up, I guess, since I've been stitching in the evening when dinner's over and it is getting near bedtime for so many years now...

Good question, Alanna Smile
Julie T
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2:32 am Oct 22, 2008

-The 'back' work drives me nuts. I know what you mean about feeling like you spend more time on the back than you do the front. I do what Rife does sometimes, poke the finished thread over on the side and hope some other stitches will catch it and cover it up. I adore the look of blended needle, but I am SO fond of using two strands (same color) and not having to deal with the end (just use a longer piece, loop the end over and stitch away).
-Dog hairs! I saw a t-shirt once that said 'cat hair, just another fibre' and thought that if I substituted "dog" it would be me.
-Since the general life-ness doesn't count in this one I won't mention how much it annoys me when the phone rings. I try not to use the phone, but I have all these kids who don't live at home now, so it could be them! With an emergency! (It never is, it's usually just one of them saying that they are bringing their laundry by in the morning or something will be arriving from UPS.)
I don't get bothered by glancing at my chart too much. With my bizarre learning glitches I tend to count things several times, (and then do it again just to make sure), so that probably slows me down some. I just don't mind it.
Very interesting question, I love learning more about "us."
BarBaraPrz
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1:35 pm Oct 22, 2008

Trying to figure out the symbols... is that a 5-pointed star or a 6-pointed one? Why is the 5 upside down superscript when there's no other 5 in the whole darn thing!?! Or maybe it's an s...
Stopping to make tea (it doesn't get made by itself, y'know)...
Stopping to pee (see above)...
Running out of a blend...
Then of course, are my eyes not focusing today? Or do I need a better light?
And have you ever tried working with several bandages on your fingers? (Mine have developed a nasty habit of splitting open for no good reason.)
And let's not forget general ennui and the blue meanies...
I could probably go on...
rifestitch
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1:48 pm Oct 22, 2008

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Originally posted by Julie T

-Dog hairs! I saw a t-shirt once that said 'cat hair, just another fibre' and thought that if I substituted "dog" it would be me.



All animal hair, at my house anyway, is considered a specialty fiber. If it ends up in the stitching, it's supposed to be there. If it ends up in the food, well, who doesn't need more fiber in their diet??? Twisted Evil

And I have discovered that my short-haired dog's hair is harder to remove than the medium-haired cats' hairs; I guess it's like trying to pick up an eyelash instead of a length of floss Smile Are lint rollers acid-free???
fenny
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1:31 pm Oct 25, 2008


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-Since the general life-ness doesn't count in this one I won't mention how much it annoys me when the phone rings. I try not to use the phone, but I have all these kids who don't live at home now, so it could be them! With an emergency! (It never is, it's usually just one of them saying that they are bringing their laundry by in the morning or something will be arriving from UPS.)



Glad to know, I'm not the only one , Julie.

And daydreaming, thinking if I look long enough it will stitch itself, but that hasn't happened yet Rolling Eyes

Happy Stitching
Julie T
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2:12 am Oct 26, 2008

Barb- the symbol confusion is why I highlight (and carefully go over) my charts before I even stitch anything. I use colored pencils on anything that might later look like something else.
Barb, Fenny, Rife, Alanna- this is the reason that us (we?) cross stitchers have any sanity left. The encouragement and laughs we share here help us out when the thread snags, the dog sits on our floss, or life just seems to be keeping us from stitching. The person who invented forums is a genius!
Alanna
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3:00 am Oct 26, 2008

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Originally posted by Julie T
The encouragement and laughs we share here help us out when the thread snags, the dog sits on our floss, or life just seems to be keeping us from stitching. The person who invented forums is a genius!


Too true, Julie. Whenever I'm lacking motivation to stitch, I just check in on the forum, see what other people have been up to and am renewed in my own desire to go and stitch up a storm! Hooray for Internet! Very Happy
fenny
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11:37 am Oct 26, 2008

All so true, even when you don't really feel like stitching, it helps a lot, to see all these wonderful updates and finishes Shocked .
Besides that stitching keeps us sane, the fun and laughter means a lot Laughing , especially when there are no stitchers close to me, but that can happen to anyone Sad
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