Ive only done afew small projects one of teddy with a football and Ive also done a small puffin. Im eager to start a bigger project should I stick to the smaller projects and leave it til Im more confident?
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Joined: 23 Feb 2004 Posts: 128
Large projects are really no harder than small projects per se -- they just take longer. The important difference between our patterns and small things is really the use of blended threads. If you have not worked with blended threads before, you might want to start with the free rose pattern. (You don't need to finish it if you don't care for that particular pattern, just gain a little experience with blending.) Then, if you are eager to do something larger, I think you're ready! Some people just feel uncomfortable starting something they can't finish in a couple of days -- if you don't feel that way then go for it!
Yep, I agree! SQ patterns are actually easier in some ways than some of the more 'basic' patterns out there because you don't have to deal with specialty stitches or backstitching (which is my personal bete noire). They are daunting though if you haven't worked anything that large before. The key is a solid preparation (getting ALL your supplies together) and committment- because they are going to take you a long time! Choose a pattern you really really adore (not just one you think might look nice in your sitting room) and the motivation will be the picture itself. Warning: once you start you can't stop!
Have fun Anne, let us know which one you choose.
thanks for your post i am still eager to do a bigger project it isnt just a passing thought i guess I just wanted a bit of guidance and some basic tips to get me started, my favourite cross stitches are things like teddy bears and animals, Ive got an arts and crafts box full of different cross stitch but the ones with just a colur chart and no indication of the number for the thread ( ie: sea blue 850 ) does seem more complicated than what i started with with the first cross stitch i done, is there any tips to overcome that problem or do i have to have more practice before I can start anything like that ?
what does the blended thread entail, is it two colours of thread together and is it pretty easy to learn?
sorry if im asking too many questions im just eager to knoe as much as i can
many thanks for your post Alanna,
I am very addicted and I havent been doing it for long it is something i could do up until im old and grey.
my mum has been doing cross stitch for years and she has done really big cross stiches and her work is amazing, mind you she is 49 yrs old and she started at a young age, and she has got confidence that one day i will be capable of beng as good as her so ive definately got a bit of hope, but i dont really want to be pressured to be as good as her overnight, i like to be realistic and just do it at my own pace and keep at it until ive mastered it ,and keep learning different techniques as i go along as there will always be something new to learn as i probably never will become a know it all and stuck in my ways to the point where i wont want to learn anything new.
Many thanks again.
Anne, you should check out the tips page here: click on the 'solutions' tab, and then on 'tips'. There's heaps of information there on how to get started and then some more advanced things for when you're feeling more confident. It really isn't that complicated, just one step at a time!