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Saprater
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Joined: 29 Oct 2005
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Location: Georgia, USA
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1:17 pm Oct 29, 2005

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a beginner cross stitcher (have only completed two small projects)...self taught and a little nervous about the size and complexity of the Scarlet Quince products I just ordered.

I bought the Sense of Hearing and Lady of Shallot patterns, and hope to start on Sense of Hearing shortly after it arrives. I know it will take me a long, long time to complete it, and I've been warned that I probably shouldn't have chosen such a large pattern to start on...but it's been a dream of mine, ever since I first learned of needlework, to recreate one of the famous Unicorn Tapestries.

I've just ordered a scroll frame large enough to accomodate the pattern (goodbye hoops), and went crazy at Michael's Crafts on scissors, needles, floss organizers, and magnefying tools (goodbye Christmas money). LOL

But I'm so scared that I'm going to make a mistake. Also, looking at the free pattern, I see that there are tons of color combinations...a lot of which aren't consecutive; no doubt to ensure proper shading. When you have so many single stitches, do you carry them over, or do you tie them off with knots. Some websites say that' s a huge no-no, but others say it's acceptable when there are a lot of "singles" in the pattern. Which do you do and will it affect the overall look or just the back (which I'm not too concerned about since I'm sure that no matter how hard I try, this first attempt is going to leave the back messy).
Meredith
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12:13 pm Oct 30, 2005

My first effort at needlepoint was The Unicorn in Captivity from the Metropolitan Museum. It was a gift to my sister and she wanted no part of it! It took a long time but there's really nothing harder about a big piece than a small one (in needlepoint or cross stitch). Just take one stitch at a time!

Mistakes do happen, and if something looks "wrong", check the cart. But if you've used a medium light red instead of a medium red someplace on a border and it's not obvious, let it go (unless it hurts you inside). Try not to obsess about the ones no one will know about.

As for the isolated stitches, there will certainly be some stitches which have no matches anywhere close, but the stitches of one color don't all have to be consecutive. It's OK to carry the thread for short distances. You can either hop around making them and fill in the spaces later, or "park" the needle, fill in, and take the other stitches when you come to them. You don't have to tie knots to finish the thread - just work the needle under a few stitches and that will hold it. It will get lumpy though.
Marion
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
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Location: Painted Post, NY
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12:55 pm Nov 14, 2005

With next year's Christmas money you may want to look into a floor stand to hold your new scroll frame. I use one all the time and it makes life a lot easier and gives me two good hands to work with. I just invested in an Ott light to brighten the corner where I stitch.

Don't look at the long haul, just take a stitch at a time and after a week look back and see how much progress you've made. Good luck and happy stitching.
Saprater
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Joined: 29 Oct 2005
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Location: Georgia, USA
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9:08 pm Nov 14, 2005

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Originally posted by Marion
With next year's Christmas money you may want to look into a floor stand to hold your new scroll frame. I use one all the time and it makes life a lot easier and gives me two good hands to work with. I just invested in an Ott light to brighten the corner where I stitch.

Don't look at the long haul, just take a stitch at a time and after a week look back and see how much progress you've made. Good luck and happy stitching.


I'll look into that floor stand for next year. I recently purchased a semi-- magnifying lamp after reading the Scarlet Quince FAQ. Since I already wear glasses, I was really concerned that all the fine detail work would put a strain on my eyes. Can't afford to splurge on a Dazor yet, but maybe if I save a LOT, I might be able to add it to next year's Christmas list.

Thanks everyone for the great advice. The common theme of which seems to be "one stitch at a time". I'll take that to heart and try and enjoy this project for what it is: time to unwind and create a leisure.
tammy2005
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1:57 am Nov 17, 2005

I am thinking of getting a floor daylight lamp. after going on a trip this thanksgiving week. But you go crazy buying a bit of supplies.

I went and bought two of everything one for here and one for on the go but it ended up I was buying more till I got more organized Laughing


Have fun!
Fabala
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Joined: 09 Nov 2005
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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3:26 pm Dec 28, 2005

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Originally posted by tammy2005
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I went and bought two of everything one for here and one for on the go but it ended up I was buying more till I got more organized Laughing ...


I did the same thing, bought more stuff than I need tools-wise... but hey, it's a hobby... and part of a hobby is the shopping!

My advice: Dont sweat it if you overbuy on supplies. You'll either use them eventually (like needles, aida, and thread) or someone you come across that likes to stitch may want the larger items. For example, I still have hoops in several sizes even tho I am doing 2 projects from SQ that are scroll-frame sized. I'll still use the hoops for smaller projects that pop up here and there like tree-ornaments, etc.

Best of luck to Saprater! You may want to check out the progress on projects that other members have posted. I know it helps me to see the progress of other stitchers. I feel better about my rate of stitching!
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