Don't we all love to use up scraps? I take leftover bias-binding I made for quilt projects in the past, and apply it to my cross-stitch linen at the edges. It looks nice, is very sturdy, and provides a nice "hand" and feel for the many months and manipulations of working the cross-stitch piece.
I was so excited to start Kissing the Face of God that I really did not prepare it so well. But then again, that is just the way I am. I have purchased something to do for my sister and I think I will take more time in the preparation when I start hers. Of course, I think it helps that I already have something to keep my hands busy. I can still see a project really progress while also doing some prep work. I taped my current project but the more I think about it, the more I think I will try something like the fabric all around the edge. Of course, I am not a quilter (yet) so I'll have to see what scaps I have lurking around to use from my sewing days.
You can zig zag around the edges with a sewing machine. If you are in a hurry, You can use 1" masking tape. It will peel off without much trouble.
quote:Originally posted by Kelly Hi! I am new to SQ but have LOVED cross stitch for years. I was in the Army for a while so all my cross stitch stuff was in boxes for years, recently out seeing the light of day again..and in perfect time. At the beginning of November they found a very large blood clot in my leg and I am now home from work---probably until the first of the year. At any rate, I ordered and have started Kissing the Face of God. This is my first major project like this so I am looking for how others do things.
I am not a patient person so I usually jump in and then later realize I could have prepared better. I like to stitch with a hoop (what have I read about tight enough to bounce a child off...). In the past, the projects I have done I have not bothered to do anything with the edges of the fabric as I was not going to be working on that fabric for too long. I did have edges that frayed still but nothing I worried about. However, I know I will be working on this one a long time and already have lost thread from the edge. I am wondering, what do you all do to prepare the edges of the fabric to keep it from fraying?
Today is the 7th day I have been working on this one and I am hoping to post a picture tomorrow of all the work done through today. I really am glad I found this forum because there is a treasure trove of information here. Yesterday I read something about seeing the page lines in a finished piece and was glad I stumbled across that because I had originally planned on doing one page at a time. I have now changed that tactic to hopefully prevent the page lines.
I just finished The Promise. I planned to start Kissing the Face of God next. But, my loved ones are all wanting The Promise. Sooooo, I am making another Promise. It will take me 1 1/2 to 2 years. I am 71 now if I am able I will then do the Kissing the Face of God. If you go to the gallery you will see the Promise. I really like Morgan Weistling. What fabric are you using? How are you starting and stopping? I am going to use a 26 needle and 18 ct. My husband is making me a scroll frame out of 1" dowels. I used Q snaps on The Promise. Laraine