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Alanna
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3:12 pm Oct 02, 2007

Ummmm............. Rolling Eyes

It all sounds good, guys, and excuse me for my ignorance of these matters, but isn't the whole point of parking to NOT skip stitches???? Otherwise, what makes it different from just following a colour the way I would normally do? Um, with all due respect of course...

... Can't we do some sort of class on this thing? A transcontinental course, of course Wink
sverzino
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6:55 pm Oct 02, 2007

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Originally posted by Alanna
Ummmm............. Rolling Eyes

It all sounds good, guys, and excuse me for my ignorance of these matters, but isn't the whole point of parking to NOT skip stitches???? Otherwise, what makes it different from just following a colour the way I would normally do? Um, with all due respect of course...

... Can't we do some sort of class on this thing? A transcontinental course, of course Wink


I guess I'm missing the boat since I thought the whole point of parking was to save time from rethreading needles! Shocked
rifestitch
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9:07 pm Oct 02, 2007

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Originally posted by Alanna
Ummmm............. Rolling Eyes

It all sounds good, guys, and excuse me for my ignorance of these matters, but isn't the whole point of parking to NOT skip stitches???? Otherwise, what makes it different from just following a colour the way I would normally do? Um, with all due respect of course...

... Can't we do some sort of class on this thing? A transcontinental course, of course Wink


It's partly to not have to rethread needles, but it is also used so that you don't have an unstitched space completely surrounded by completed stitching - it's often a tight fit, and you split a lot of threads when all 4 corners are already sharing all those stitches. In my visual representations, notice that the bottoms of all of those are open; it just helps all of the stitches to lay uniformly.

One of the bigger advantages to parking is to not have to start and stop threads so often; yeah, you have a lot of threads on the back when you are done, but you don't have nearly so many little tails sticking out everywhere, and everything is tacked down pretty well Smile
Alanna
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4:29 am Oct 03, 2007

Okay, good. I reckon I'm just going to have to have a bash at this and see if I can't figure out the grey areas through actually doing it. With manual things it's often better that way; to learn through practise rather than theory... well at least that's the theory! Wink
rifestitch
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8:19 am Oct 03, 2007

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Okay, good. I reckon I'm just going to have to have a bash at this and see if I can't figure out the grey areas through actually doing it. With manual things it's often better that way; to learn through practise rather than theory... well at least that's the theory! Wink


Hey, I've been doing it for over a year now, and I'm still refining my process (and some days, I just don't feel like doing it at all). And I suspect that if I use parking on a different project, that I will do things differently with it, too, as meets the needs of that design.

I say dive in and give it a go; it's definitely not an instantaneous thing, it took me a month or so to even make my brain work it out as I was doing it. After you actually start doing it, you'll find out what works for you, or even that it doesn't work for you at all. It's stitching - no hard and fast rules except thread goes through needle, needle goes through fabric Smile
Alanna
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8:21 am Oct 03, 2007

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It's stitching - no hard and fast rules except thread goes through needle, needle goes through fabric Smile


Sounds like some of my early adventures in needlework when I was 7 or so! My mum still has them somewhere I think... Laughing
MJ
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5:09 pm Oct 03, 2007


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It's partly to not have to rethread needles, but it is also used so that you don't have an unstitched space completely surrounded by completed stitching - it's often a tight fit, and you split a lot of threads when all 4 corners are already sharing all those stitches. In my visual representations, notice that the bottoms of all of those are open; it just helps all of the stitches to lay uniformly.



Exactly! and I also agree with the comment that there are no rules (at least, since my grandmother passed away...). Whatever works for you and feels best is what you should do -- if parking doesn't seem helpful, don't do itl. Since I started stitching again regularly my technique has evolved quite a bit and I'm sure will continue to do so. The great thing is that no matter what the back of your work looks like the framing shop will not make rude remarks (at least not if they know which side their bread is buttered on)!
Julie T
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2:25 am Oct 07, 2007

Once again you have all come through beautifully. Your comments have helped me, as usual. I love reading all of the hints, and reasons for doing things a certain way. I still don't think I will love to park, but I am pretty sure I will have to keep doing it, for the huge projects anyway. (And the one that initiated this topic is huge, sadly not a Scarlet Quince design though. I only wish it were, but I hadn't discovered SQ when I started this monster.)
nkisch
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1:49 pm Oct 20, 2007

Do the stitchers who don't use parking have other methods to handle multiple thread colors over large areas?
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Alanna
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6:51 pm Oct 20, 2007

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Do the stitchers who don't use parking have other methods to handle multiple thread colors over large areas?
Nikki


Yep, sure do, Nikki. I try and follow each colour for as far as it goes (or as far as my hoop allows without moving it). I only ever end a thread when it would take more thread to jump the gap than to stop and restart it- generally about 2-3 cm. I usually start with the most predominant colour and then work through the others in order of quantity of stitches. With subsequent colours I weave the thread under the already made stitches at the back so it all looks neat. I find this system works quite well for me and it's certainly a lot faster to stick with one colour for as long as you can. The only tedious part I would say is towards the final few colours, when I'm usually spending more time weaving under previous stitches at the back than actually forming new stitches! Oh well.

Best of luck Stitching
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