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JenniferHightree
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Joined: 14 Mar 2011
Posts: 22
Location: West Virginia
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4:58 pm Mar 15, 2011

Hi everyone!

I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jennifer. I live in West Virginia, and I have been cross stitching for about 3 weeks now.

I have many projects lined up as gifts (the kit kind). I came across SQ by happenstance one day and fell in love with all the patterns. I decided that as soon as I finish my project list I am going to order Tabula Orbis Nova and get started on that.

I am lucky, and have a father in law who is an engineer/woodworker, and a husband who is fairly crafty, so I am going to ask them to design a scrolling frame for me and build it before I get started on "The Map", (caps and mental emphasis added). Laughing

I picked up cross stitching as a way to stop smoking which is why I have as yet not ordered any SQ patterns. I have also fallen in love with cross stitching and every day I cannot wait for my 2 to 3 hours of stitching time I set for myself before bed. Of course, stitching tired does = more mistakes, but I am ok with pulling out stitches and redoing them, just because I enjoy my hobby so much.

I'll finally wind down now. Happy stitching everyone!

Jennifer
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
Posts: 420
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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5:26 am Mar 16, 2011

Wow! Three weeks of stitching experience and you're ready to tackle an SQ? You must be very brave. Smile
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JenniferHightree
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Joined: 14 Mar 2011
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Location: West Virginia
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2:43 pm Mar 16, 2011

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Originally posted by BarBaraPrz
Wow! Three weeks of stitching experience and you're ready to tackle an SQ? You must be very brave. Smile
Welcome to the board.


Yeah, I get that alot! I had been doing Needlepoint for about 3 years, and I just didn't enjoy it. Then I made the switch to Counted Cross Stitch this February, and I am enjoying it so much more. You would think "Hey! They're the same thing!" But not really. The only thing I do NOT enjoy about cross stitching is the french knots. Blah!

And by the time I finish my project list, it'll be 6 months or more of cross stitching. So I'm looking forward to the October time frame when I get to start on my first SQ!

I did try knitting for a little while, but I was terrible at it. I kept losing loops, and miscounting, and everything that could go wrong went wrong every time. It definitly wasn't for me. I wanted to pick up some type of needle work that would be complimentary to my sister's quilting. She suggested counted cross stitch, and I must admit, 3 weeks ago, the very project I did was terrible! I think an 8 year old could have done better. My second project which I finished last week was about an 80% improvement. I found this site about halfway through it, and all the tips that I read, you could definitly tell when I started this site!

I started my third project, just a kit by Dimensions, one of their older ones under the Sunset logo, has been going extremely well. I had one mistake where I had to pull out 16 stitches, and another where I had to pull out about 40. I found a mistake just last night where I found out I had done the same row twice, but I managed to make it look like it was supposed to be there! I don't think I could have done that previous to this site.

I must say, that after spending one whole day reading the forums, I am incredibly jealous of Alanna, and I am hoping my father in law can design me a stand like she has haha.

Happy stitching all!
Jennifer
Lani
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Joined: 26 Aug 2008
Posts: 50
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
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3:54 pm Mar 16, 2011

Welcome to the forum, Jennifer! You are brave indeed to be tacking a SQ so soon, but you're also lucky to have found this site so early in your stitching journey! If I may, I would offer you some advice on blended threads. If you have not worked with blended threads yet, I would suggest you practice on a small project first. I know Meredith has a free pattern you can download, and that may be good for practice. It won't take you long to get the hang of it, but you may not want your first stitches with a blended needle to be on such a large project.

Welcome to the forum, and happy stitching! Stitching

Lani

p.s. - I really, really love that pattern!
armywife
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Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 107
Location: Madison, MS
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1:15 pm Mar 22, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by JenniferHightree
quote:
Originally posted by BarBaraPrz
Wow! Three weeks of stitching experience and you're ready to tackle an SQ? You must be very brave. Smile
Welcome to the board.


Yeah, I get that alot! I had been doing Needlepoint for about 3 years, and I just didn't enjoy it. Then I made the switch to Counted Cross Stitch this February, and I am enjoying it so much more. You would think "Hey! They're the same thing!" But not really. The only thing I do NOT enjoy about cross stitching is the french knots. Blah!

And by the time I finish my project list, it'll be 6 months or more of cross stitching. So I'm looking forward to the October time frame when I get to start on my first SQ!

I did try knitting for a little while, but I was terrible at it. I kept losing loops, and miscounting, and everything that could go wrong went wrong every time. It definitly wasn't for me. I wanted to pick up some type of needle work that would be complimentary to my sister's quilting. She suggested counted cross stitch, and I must admit, 3 weeks ago, the very project I did was terrible! I think an 8 year old could have done better. My second project which I finished last week was about an 80% improvement. I found this site about halfway through it, and all the tips that I read, you could definitly tell when I started this site!

I started my third project, just a kit by Dimensions, one of their older ones under the Sunset logo, has been going extremely well. I had one mistake where I had to pull out 16 stitches, and another where I had to pull out about 40. I found a mistake just last night where I found out I had done the same row twice, but I managed to make it look like it was supposed to be there! I don't think I could have done that previous to this site.

I must say, that after spending one whole day reading the forums, I am incredibly jealous of Alanna, and I am hoping my father in law can design me a stand like she has haha.

Happy stitching all!
Jennifer


Jennifer,
Welcome to the forum! I must add my awe at your bravery for tackling a SQ so early in your cross-stitching career! (And I agree it would be much better to practice on a smaller pattern first with blended colors--and be patient til you work out your best routine.). I have even more admiration for your decision to quit smoking and wanted to wish you all the best and encourage you to reach that goal! Way to go!!!

Lastly, I think we all share envy of Alanna's fantastic frame. I'm still trying to decide what frame to buy myself. At the point I'm at, the SQ still fits in a large hoop, but not for much longer. I've been cross-stitching since about age 12 (just turned 41 last week), and SQ is by far the most fun and challenging and rewarding piece I've ever worked on. So best of luck to you and I'm so glad you found this great hobby. And there are no french knots in the SQ patterns--I don't really like them either.

Take care,
Pam Stitching
JenniferHightree
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Joined: 14 Mar 2011
Posts: 22
Location: West Virginia
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9:15 am Mar 28, 2011

Hello again everyone! I've been working on my latest project (the Dimensions Footprints Kit) furiously for the last couple of weeks. Although with three children my furiously and other's may not match up.

I will be better off this week to finish my project because the husband has leave all week! Hooray! Now I can have a couple hours extra this week to stitch!

I have worked with blended colors a couple of times (maybe twice, maybe 3 times). I have lots of extra Aida cloth that I can practice on though.

I always found the best way for me to get better at anything was to do it at a level just above what I thought I could handle. It's been good so far. Very relaxing to stitch.

And in my quest to stop smoking by using cross stitch - I am down to less than a half pack a day from being a full pack a day smoker! Ive noticed a correlation between stopping smoking and more time to get housework done during the day, which means more time at night to stitch. Who'd have thought!?!? Laughing

I am getting ready to prep my next piece since I passed the halfway point on the one Im working on. It's an embellished cross stitch, that I want to do on regular Aida, and I still haven't quite figured out how to do that. If Im not able to (I know it's possible because my heroine did it before she passed away!) I'll just switch to a different pattern until I can figure it out.

My project list is already expanding with my family asking for me to cross stitch patterns for them. I have "Flowers and Lace" (Dimensions KIt) to do before June, "The Lords Prayer" (A kit, but I cant recall off the top of my head by whom), and 9 others! I couldn't believe how enthusiastic my family would be for me to pick up a hobby, although it may because of the stop smoking thing too haha.

Back to stitching some more before I hit the laundromat today. Happy stitching all!

Jennifer
armywife
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Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 107
Location: Madison, MS
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5:20 pm Mar 28, 2011

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Originally posted by JenniferHightree
Hello again everyone! I've been working on my latest project (the Dimensions Footprints Kit) furiously for the last couple of weeks. Although with three children my furiously and other's may not match up.

I will be better off this week to finish my project because the husband has leave all week! Hooray! Now I can have a couple hours extra this week to stitch!

I have worked with blended colors a couple of times (maybe twice, maybe 3 times). I have lots of extra Aida cloth that I can practice on though.

I always found the best way for me to get better at anything was to do it at a level just above what I thought I could handle. It's been good so far. Very relaxing to stitch.

And in my quest to stop smoking by using cross stitch - I am down to less than a half pack a day from being a full pack a day smoker! Ive noticed a correlation between stopping smoking and more time to get housework done during the day, which means more time at night to stitch. Who'd have thought!?!? Laughing

I am getting ready to prep my next piece since I passed the halfway point on the one Im working on. It's an embellished cross stitch, that I want to do on regular Aida, and I still haven't quite figured out how to do that. If Im not able to (I know it's possible because my heroine did it before she passed away!) I'll just switch to a different pattern until I can figure it out.

My project list is already expanding with my family asking for me to cross stitch patterns for them. I have "Flowers and Lace" (Dimensions KIt) to do before June, "The Lords Prayer" (A kit, but I cant recall off the top of my head by whom), and 9 others! I couldn't believe how enthusiastic my family would be for me to pick up a hobby, although it may because of the stop smoking thing too haha.

Back to stitching some more before I hit the laundromat today. Happy stitching all!

Jennifer


Jennifer,
Congratulations on the progress--both on the stitching and the quitting smoking! Sounds like you have lots of support for both, which is great. So glad you are enjoying your new hobby.
Keep up the good work Laughing
Pam
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