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Rowan
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7:54 am Mar 29, 2011

Hi

I'm just after a little advice.

When I've finished my current WIP, I plan to start my first SQ piece. I've had a good look at the pattern etc and have decided that I will be doing it on 16/32 count because 14/28 will make it too large for my flat and 18/36 will ruin my eyesight completely.

The question is whether to do it on 16 count aida or 32 count linen. I've never worked on linen before, but do prefer evenweave to aida. Aida is easier to grid than evenweave (I use a pen rather than thread) but I prefer the feel of evenweave and my skin doesn't dry out as much.

Can you please advise me? Which fabric do you prefer for this type and size of work?

Thanks in advance

Rowan
sverzino
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8:23 am Mar 29, 2011

One of the things I use to determine between linen or adia is whether the pattern has an unstitched background. If it does then I might choose linen to make the stitches stand out more against the linen background. I've used both linen & adia on large pieces.
rifestitch
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10:18 am Mar 29, 2011

If the piece is going to be completely stitched, I will save the expense and use aida - I have a limited budget for supplies, so if it's not going to be seen, $7-10 for a big piece of aida is better then at least twice that for non-aida (I save my fabric money for my Chatelaines and Quakers Smile ). Plus, as long as it takes me to work on these big pieces, I feel that aida will hold up a lot better, longer - not distort. BUT I don't stitch in-hand, I HAVE to use a frame of some kind (scroll or QSnap). So if you are stitching in-hand - and my hat's off to you if you can do a big piece in-hand - then the feel is very important, so then it becomes personal preference.

If all else fails, do a test stitch on both - the coverage should be the same, since they end up being the same count; but you can get an idea if one will be easier for you over the other... I also like the not having to count threads aspect - dealing with the blends and the confetti is plenty to keep me entertained on something like a SQ - having to count threads, too - I'm okay without that Smile And I love my linens & evenweaves, especially jobelan & Edinburgh Smile

In the end, like most things stitching, its personal preference - what works for me may not work for others, and vice versa...
BarBaraPrz
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10:20 am Mar 29, 2011

If the entire background is covered (as most SQ charts are) I'd advise using aida, since the pattern will be difficult enough.
evitalace
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1:30 pm Mar 29, 2011

Hi Rowan,

in January, I started my first SQ pattern, my first ever patern with blended stitches and that number of confetti stitches.
my first try was stitxhing over one thread - drove me nuts, because I couldn't use pinhead anchoring and securing.
switched to a 40 count linen (16 threads/cm) and now, stitchin over two, I am completly happy.
I'd always speak up for a fabric that allows you to stitch over two!
which pattern will you choose?
Eva
Rowan
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2:47 am Mar 30, 2011

Hi

Thanks to everyone for their advice.

The chart that I have chosen is Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by Sargent and the background is completely stitched.

I'm planning to do it on a frame, and will be experimenting with a floor stand for the first time.

I've got a bit more time to make up my mind about fabric and will take your comments on board.

Many thanks.

Rowan
woollymammoth
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12:31 pm Apr 03, 2011

Personally I don't like aida, either the look of the stitches, the look or the feel of the fabric. For an SQ i prefer an evenweave like jobelan or lugana. With the variable thickness of the threads in linen, stitches vary in size. For SQs and charts of photos and paintings I prefer the more even size of stitches on evenweave.

Evenweaves are also much more affordable than linen. They cost only a little bit more than aida. If the fabric shows on the stitched piece, evenweaves look much nicer than aida as well, though not quite as good as linen.

In case you can't tell, I like evenweaves, LOL.
laraine
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5:03 pm Jul 13, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by rifestitch
If the piece is going to be completely stitched, I will save the expense and use aida - I have a limited budget for supplies, so if it's not going to be seen, $7-10 for a big piece of aida is better then at least twice that for non-aida (I save my fabric money for my Chatelaines and Quakers Smile ). Plus, as long as it takes me to work on these big pieces, I feel that aida will hold up a lot better, longer - not distort. BUT I don't stitch in-hand, I HAVE to use a frame of some kind (scroll or QSnap). So if you are stitching in-hand - and my hat's off to you if you can do a big piece in-hand - then the feel is very important, so then it becomes personal preference.

If all else fails, do a test stitch on both - the coverage should be the same, since they end up being the same count; but you can get an idea if one will be easier for you over the other... I also like the not having to count threads aspect - dealing with the blends and the confetti is plenty to keep me entertained on something like a SQ - having to count threads, too - I'm okay without that Smile And I love my linens & evenweaves, especially jobelan & Edinburgh Smile

In the end, like most things stitching, its personal preference - what works for me may not work for others, and vice versa...
laraine
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5:09 pm Jul 13, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by laraine
quote:
Originally posted by rifestitch
If the piece is going to be completely stitched, I will save the expense and use aida - I have a limited budget for supplies, so if it's not going to be seen, $7-10 for a big piece of aida is better then at least twice that for non-aida (I save my fabric money for my Chatelaines and Quakers Smile ). Plus, as long as it takes me to work on these big pieces, I feel that aida will hold up a lot better, longer - not distort. BUT I don't stitch in-hand, I HAVE to use a frame of some kind (scroll or QSnap). So if you are stitching in-hand - and my hat's off to you if you can do a big piece in-hand - then the feel is very important, so then it becomes personal preference.

If all else fails, do a test stitch on both - the coverage should be the same, since they end up being the same count; but you can get an idea if one will be easier for you over the other... I also like the not having to count threads aspect - dealing with the blends and the confetti is plenty to keep me entertained on something like a SQ - having to count threads, too - I'm okay without that Smile And I love my linens & evenweaves, especially jobelan & Edinburgh Smile

In the end, like most things stitching, its personal preference - what works for me may not work for others, and vice versa...


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I AM USING 32 COUNT OVER 2 WITH A SIZE 28 NEEDLE PINHEAD STITCH FOR THE FIRST TIME. THERE ARE NO BLENDED STITCHES AND I AM GOING LEFT TO RIGHT WITHOUT SKIPPING ANY STITCHES OR ROWS. I AM DOING IT ENGLISH STYLE. IT IS A SMALL PIECE. I AM JUST TRYING THINGS OUT BEFORFE I DO ANOTHER LARGE PIECE. IT WILL LAY FLAT.

MY QUESTION IS doing blended stitches with the pin head will this stitch look good. I am afraid that the pin head stitch will not show up good on blended stitches. laraine
laraine
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5:39 pm Jul 16, 2011

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Originally posted by rifestitch
If the piece is going to be completely stitched, I will save the expense and use aida - I have a limited budget for supplies, so if it's not going to be seen, $7-10 for a big piece of aida is better then at least twice that for non-aida (I save my fabric money for my Chatelaines and Quakers Smile ). Plus, as long as it takes me to work on these big pieces, I feel that aida will hold up a lot better, longer - not distort. BUT I don't stitch in-hand, I HAVE to use a frame of some kind (scroll or QSnap). So if you are stitching in-hand - and my hat's off to you if you can do a big piece in-hand - then the feel is very important, so then it becomes personal preference.

If all else fails, do a test stitch on both - the coverage should be the same, since they end up being the same count; but you can get an idea if one will be easier for you over the other... I also like the not having to count threads aspect - dealing with the blends and the confetti is plenty to keep me entertained on something like a SQ - having to count threads, too - I'm okay without that Smile And I love my linens & evenweaves, especially jobelan & Edinburgh Smile

In the end, like most things stitching, its personal preference - what works for me may not work for others, and vice versa...


On your aida, do you use the pinhead of have a mess in the confetti stitches. I just got some Fiddler's lite aida. It has very little cotton in it, so I am hoping it does not go crazy when I wash it. laraine
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