quote:Originally posted by BarBaraPrz Thanks. How do you keep the ends from snagging your thread or slipping out (as mentioned in the reviews)?
At $8.50 a 100 yd spool, I think I might save the pieces too.
On a big piece, thread ends slipping out is not really a problem; each strand is long enough not to slide around. (It is important to use strands long enough to traverse the entire breadth of the fabric; starting / stopping the grid inside the borders would not work.) As for snagging, I tried minimizing ends by doubling, even quadrupling each strand and inserting it by looping back at the borders. When bored with that, I found that just poking the end to the back pretty much kept it out of the way. I also tried doing knots at the ends, that worked less well but not terrible enough for me to redo. (See photo.)
Again, on a big field of fabric, with the strands running the full breadth, you just don't encounter the ends much. I stitch with a quilting hoop, and the gridded fabric works well there; the guideline thread ends are almost always outside the hoop.
I use Sulky Sliver (not silver) metallic thread for gridding. It's much less expensive than the gridding thread and comes in many colors so you can do the color gridding if you like. Needles can't pierce it, it doesn't shed little bis of color all over your fabric or stitching, you can stitch over it, it pulls out easily and you can reuse it. You can find it in fabric stores and quilt shops. I bought mine at Joann's with a 40% off coupon, cost me around $2 for 250 yards.
quote:Originally posted by MariamK This pattern has 104 DMC colors and I swear that they are all in 1st row. What a mess!!
Mariam, I'm still giggling about that quote of yours!
I am fighting with a lot of confetti, too!
reading your following post, it seems you found a method which works for you?
I do look at the backside of my stitching - it looks like it will add a lot of sturdiness to the fabric, once it comes to framing...
enjoy stitching - the pattern you chose is wonderful!
@ Meredith: had the great advantage of reading about pinhead stitch (which i do use A LOT now, and had never ever heard about before) - and about reading the ramblings about the multicolor gridding. I jumped into it at once, and it is a life saver. thanks for sharing!