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Preparing Fabric...How do YOU do it?


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woollymammoth
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2:21 pm Jul 02, 2011

Places like 123stitch and many LNS sell their fabric with the edges already overcast. Another product to consider is Fray Check, same idea as the other product. If I use tape or Fray Check I always allow a little extra margin and cut it off when I am done. I don't trust all the adhesive to wash out.

After tending to the edges i also grid my fabric with Sulky Sliver metallic thread and write grid numbers on the margins with a water soluble pen.

All this sounds like a lot of prep work, but it helps prevent frogging for me. And it's a great excuse to fondle my fabric and study the chart.
laraine
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3:11 pm Jul 02, 2011

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Originally posted by woollymammoth
Places like 123stitch and many LNS sell their fabric with the edges already overcast. Another product to consider is Fray Check, same idea as the other product. If I use tape or Fray Check I always allow a little extra margin and cut it off when I am done. I don't trust all the adhesive to wash out.

After tending to the edges i also grid my fabric with Sulky Sliver metallic thread and write grid numbers on the margins with a water soluble pen.

All this sounds like a lot of prep work, but it helps prevent frogging for me. And it's a great excuse to fondle my fabric and study the chart.


I do not understand why no one but me seems to grid with the washable blue marker made for cross stitch fabrics. Why thread? What is frogging? The washable markers have worked great for me for 20 years or so. Never had any trouble. I put the grids in softly. I just press down lightly on the marker. I never use a heavey hand with the markers. laraine
Cecilia
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4:03 pm Jul 02, 2011

Laraine, you had asked why not just grid and I'm currently in the situation now with the SQ pattern Oregon trail.

I have a blue marking pen with a fine point that I can and do use on Aida but I'm using a very nice linen that which has such thin strands that I just can't get the accuracy I want so I've been forced to grid. The pen can be used to make little dots but anything just bleeds over too much.

Now I have a question, I've heard of gridding with a kind of thread that apparently just pulls out. Well, if this was really true that would be great! The problem I'm running into is spliting the gridding thread (Black DMC) when I make a stitch - not too often, but often enough to make taking out the gridding thread a long task. If anybody has some experience and the name of something that works better - please do share.
laraine
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11:51 pm Jul 02, 2011

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Laraine, you had asked why not just grid and I'm currently in the situation now with the SQ pattern Oregon trail.

I have a blue marking pen with a fine point that I can and do use on Aida but I'm using a very nice linen that which has such thin strands that I just can't get the accuracy I want so I've been forced to grid. The pen can be used to make little dots but anything just bleeds over too much.

Now I have a question, I've heard of gridding with a kind of thread that apparently just pulls out. Well, if this was really true that would be great! The problem I'm running into is spliting the gridding thread (Black DMC) when I make a stitch - not too often, but often enough to make taking out the gridding thread a long task. If anybody has some experience and the name of something that works better - please do share.


Use a different color of thread for each vertical 10. Pull out the thread one row at a time just before you put that stitch in. If you mark your pattern with the same color of ink as the thread you will know exactly where you are . Do the stitches horizontally . Do not skip any. That way the stitches will look better and you will know where you are. I have decided tonight that I am going to do another Promise. This time I am using cream evenweave 32 ct over 2. The blue marker works great on evenweave. laraine
checkd
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7:33 pm Jul 06, 2011

Red plastic gridding thread, available at Nordic Needle:
http://www.nordicneedle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=7140&Store_Code=NN&search=guideline+thread&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=

Sews in easily; cannot fray; slides out, right underneath sewn-in stitiches. Gridding with this thread makes it possible to count easily anywhere on the project; speeds sewing; avoids errors.
Cecilia
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10:47 am Jul 07, 2011

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Originally posted by checkd
Red plastic gridding thread, available at Nordic Needle:
http://www.nordicneedle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=7140&Store_Code=NN&search=guideline+thread&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=

Sews in easily; cannot fray; slides out, right underneath sewn-in stitiches. Gridding with this thread makes it possible to count easily anywhere on the project; speeds sewing; avoids errors.


Thanks very much for this information. It's just what I was looking for.
Fibreartist
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4:28 pm Jul 12, 2011

[quote="Cecilia"]
quote:
Originally posted by checkd
Red plastic gridding thread, available at Nordic Needle:
http://www.nordicneedle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=7140&Store_Code=NN&search=guideline+thread&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=

Sews in easily; cannot fray; slides out, right underneath sewn-in stitiches. Gridding with this thread makes it possible to count easily anywhere on the project; speeds sewing; avoids errors.


Wouldn't colored fishing line work exactly the same and may be less cost?
Cecilia
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4:51 pm Jul 12, 2011

Colored fishing line...I didn't even know that existed ! But I have dealt with fishing line and wouldn't it be a bit too slippery? I haven't tried the red plastic gridding thread yet so I don't know if it's actually fishing line or quite similar. However, if it's the same as fishing line and if fishing line exists in bright colors....why not? Sounds like an interesting idea. This summer I'm going close to a lake and I know they have a tackle shop near by - I think I'll stop in and check it out. Thanks for the tip!!!
Fibreartist
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3:50 pm Jul 13, 2011

[quote="Cecilia"]Colored fishing line...I didn't even know that existed !

Sorry Cecilia, I am just GUESSING that there might be colored fishing line but I'm not going to go get any I doubt if they make RED fishing line it was just a thought. I am going to get more fabric soon and I will be getting some of this to try out as well. It takes a long time to get the fabric gridded up but better use the time gridding than use the time FROGGING!
laraine
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4:55 pm Jul 13, 2011

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Colored fishing line...I didn't even know that existed !

Sorry Cecilia, I am just GUESSING that there might be colored fishing line but I'm not going to go get any I doubt if they make RED fishing line it was just a thought. I am going to get more fabric soon and I will be getting some of this to try out as well. It takes a long time to get the fabric gridded up but better use the time gridding than use the time FROGGING!


LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER USED PIN HEAD STITCH ON AIDA ON ONE OF THE SCARLET QUINCE PATTERNS. I AM THINKING ABOUT DOING IT AND WONDER IF IT WILL BE HARDER TO KEEP THE BLENDS STRAIGHT. I HATE ALL THE CONFETTI LUMPS WHEN IT COMES TIME TO FRAME IT, WHEN I BURY MY STITCHES WHEN FINISHED WITH A COLOR. IT SEEMS TO TAKE ME A LOT LONGER TO DO EVENWEAVE. laraine
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