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Cross Stitch Addict (WIPs Kinkaide Disney + Night Watch)


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BarBaraPrz
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10:03 am Sep 12, 2012

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For the record, I am pretty sure Bianca's posts are longer than mine Smile Smile



Yes, I think you've met your match.
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Bianca
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12:41 pm Sep 12, 2012

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Originally posted by Bianca
as I might just be short a hand.


We all are, dear, we all are... Laughing

As for what I'm working on, three things.
1. Four kittens in bed
2. Mother mountain lion and cub
3. Christmas card.
I just work on the card when I'm waiting at physio.


What a great idea to work on Christmas cards and cross stitch those when you are waiting somewhere (which we spend way too much time doing in our lifetime IMHO). Never even thought of that! Smile
Bianca
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12:43 pm Sep 12, 2012

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Originally posted by Lani
I have finished 3 SQ's - My Sweet Rose, Sun and Moon Flowers, and Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden.

Right now I am working on a reproduction sampler (Ann Grant), and project from another source (sorry Meredith - this one wasn't charted by SQ!). I'm really missing the wonderful way the SQ charts are put together.

The labels are just wonderful. They make it so much easier as you don't have to keep looking up the color key.


Love, love My Sweet Rose and Sun and Moon Flowers..do not know the other one, so will have to take a peek. Do you have any pictures of your finished SQ pieces? Would love to see it.

Do you work on multiple projects at a time or stick to one? How long does a SQ project generally takes you?
Bianca
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12:54 pm Sep 12, 2012

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For the record, I am pretty sure Bianca's posts are longer than mine Smile Smile

Welcome, Bianca! If you've read back a bit, you'll see there's a running joke around here about my "short" posts Smile

I am glad the railroading tip has helped you!! I have only had a limited number of kits in my stitching life - 3-4 maybe - and have been lucky, I guess, because I have heard a LOT of stories about how bad some of the materials in them can be. Since I have always preferred to kit my own, I've not had to deal with it; at least you've got a bit of help now with the railroading, and next time, you'll know what to look for!

I haven't posted recently, but I have worked on my Scarlet Quince Lady & Unicorn recently, am making great progress on Page 7, which you can see in this blog update: http://rifestitch.jaysez.org/2012/08/sheer-folly-an-attempt-at-a-monday-update.html , along with a few other things I have in rotation at the moment. Christine (Divecat) and I have been working on setting up new blogs, as Multiply, which we've both been on for years, is going away. So I am in a bit of a transition phase as I try to save my old stuff, and continue with the new stuff....

Anyway, again, welcome, Bianca!


Hello again,

Checked out your pictures - although I had looked at the previous ones already on previous posts when I had not yet build up enough nerve to say "hi".

That is absolutely amazing looking!! Gather you do not park at all, but jump? I used to work like that too, but have now started the parking and am not sure it is for me (what a mess), but am trying out new things...

It is really gorgeous though and boy, did you get a huge amount done!! Am currently making no progress at all as the railroading and untangling knots is taking forever. Might be time to rotate from Disney hell to the Night Watch from SQ. Kind of want to complete this Disney project first and spend more my time on it as it is truly dreadful.

Am almost halfway, I worked on it last night, but got very little done - it was very depressing. It is odd, but even a kit can have mountains of confetti, which this Peter Pan has at places (where I am at). Still have 3 more of these waiting in line, but I will use my own fabric and floss for those, so that should be better.

The start of the Night Watch is a breeze as there is quite a bit of background so that is just getting used to the Lugana 25 count. It is also the first project I am gridding.

Bought the Easy Count Guideline and think that the instructions are a real pain (and my that stuff is expensive and very thick -- too thick for 25 count). Calculated that gridding the whole thing would take me 120 hours. So I stopped and started without gridding.

But discussed it with Meredith who suggested I should grid as I go along and I think that is a much saner idea. Ordered some 4 pound fishing line in 4 colors so shall try again when that comes in.

Oh yes, I really did have to get back to work, but then this post was there and I just had to reply.

Finding the forum is great, but not getting my work done, maybe less great. Smile

Have a great one -- you cross stitching again tonight on the unicorn? Smile

Best,
Bianca
rifestitch
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6:48 pm Sep 12, 2012

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Hello again,

Checked out your pictures - although I had looked at the previous ones already on previous posts when I had not yet build up enough nerve to say "hi".

That is absolutely amazing looking!! Gather you do not park at all, but jump? I used to work like that too, but have now started the parking and am not sure it is for me (what a mess), but am trying out new things...

It is really gorgeous though and boy, did you get a huge amount done!! Am currently making no progress at all as the railroading and untangling knots is taking forever. Might be time to rotate from Disney hell to the Night Watch from SQ. Kind of want to complete this Disney project first and spend more my time on it as it is truly dreadful.

Am almost halfway, I worked on it last night, but got very little done - it was very depressing. It is odd, but even a kit can have mountains of confetti, which this Peter Pan has at places (where I am at). Still have 3 more of these waiting in line, but I will use my own fabric and floss for those, so that should be better.

The start of the Night Watch is a breeze as there is quite a bit of background so that is just getting used to the Lugana 25 count. It is also the first project I am gridding.

Bought the Easy Count Guideline and think that the instructions are a real pain (and my that stuff is expensive and very thick -- too thick for 25 count). Calculated that gridding the whole thing would take me 120 hours. So I stopped and started without gridding.

But discussed it with Meredith who suggested I should grid as I go along and I think that is a much saner idea. Ordered some 4 pound fishing line in 4 colors so shall try again when that comes in.

Oh yes, I really did have to get back to work, but then this post was there and I just had to reply.

Finding the forum is great, but not getting my work done, maybe less great. Smile

Have a great one -- you cross stitching again tonight on the unicorn? Smile

Best,
Bianca


First, let me say that I basically learned how to cross stitch on Teresa Wentzler designs - she who invented confetti and blended threads, as far as I'm concerned Smile That being said, I tried parking when I started my Lady & Unicorn, and gave it a good 18 months, and gave it up - it slowed me down so much, and made the whole thing WORK - which of course defeats the purpose! So I went back to follow-the-symbol stitching, and am MUCH happier doing so!And the progress I made in that 18 months was doubled in less the time when I went back to my usual method of stitching, so that gives you an idea of how slow it was for me. But then, because I have ALWAYS been drawn to the confetti-ridden, multi-page pieces, the back of my works have never been of much concern to me - it's virtually impossible for the back to look EXACTLY like the front with the projects I choose, and frankly, life is too short to worry about what won't be seen after it's done, in my opinion Smile My pieces all frame just fine, so the overall goal is achieved, even if a "purist" would have a heart attack looking at the backs of any of my works.... My deepest appreciation goes out to anyone who prefers parking and can make progress with it - as I work in manufacturing engineering by day, the process appeals to me, definitely, it just doesn't actually work for me in practice!

As for gridding, I did it to start with on Lady & Unicorn, but I have to say, 7 years in, I don't really find much use for it anymore. It helped me cope with the sheer size of the thing - but I think, when I start my next SQ (Monet's Waterlilies), I will likely just mark the page breaks and be done with it. I never gridded a TW piece, I haven't gridded my HAED piece, and am not missing it one bit. I, personally, just don't get anything out of it, though I don't mind the process of putting it in. If it helps, cool, by all means, have at it. But if it doesn't really add anything, then don't be afraid to go without! Whatever works best for YOU, is what you need to do!

Just remember, there are no Stitching Police, so do what makes you feel good about your project! What works for me won't work for lots of people! The fact that I can juggle 20 WIPs would definitely drive some people over the edge Smile And that's okay! Also keep in mind that, when you are done, you WILL NOT be looking at the thing from 5" away - you will be looking at it hanging on the wall, so the things you see when you are right up on it disappear when it is done & hung! I could get lost in being critical of my own work - most of us can probably make that claim - but at the end of the day, sitting on my couch and looking across the room, I CAN still be blown away by the overall effect, even though I know there are minor flaws, if you get up close & personal with it, which no one but me would Smile Enjoy the journey!
armywife
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8:56 pm Sep 15, 2012

Welcome Bianca!!! I got a kick out of reading your posts. I felt the same way when I stumbled across Scarlet Quince--I never really had anyone to talk to who shared my passion for cross stitch, so I read a LOT of the old posts. I don't stitch every day, but love to do it when I can. I'm working on Sunday Afternoon on Le Grande Jatte (still...) and seem to be getting a little faster at it.

Have fun on your stitching, and maybe your Peter Pan troubles will be over soon.

Take care!
Pam Stitching
Divecat
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5:21 am Sep 17, 2012

Laughing Laughing Laughing Oh, dear Lord, Rifestitch has a word buddy! Laughing Laughing Laughing

Welcome, welcome Bianca - you will find this is a haven for us stitchers and, yes, I can see my DH rolling his eyes when I wax lyrical over my SQ patterns Rolling Eyes .

To get back to your original query, I find my tension is better when I do the Danish style vertically rather than horizontally. If I have to do horizontal, I do it English but thus: top right to bottom left, then bottom right to top left, then repeat. I know it uses slightly more thread, but, if I do horizontal Danish style then my stitches end up like rectangles rather than squares.

Have a go and see what works for you.

Welcome again and I look forward to reading your future posts and seeing your updates.

And, yes, I have finally(!) moved home and now have a new blog on Wordpress. Feel free to visit and comment (see link in my signature).
woollymammoth
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2:27 pm Sep 17, 2012

Hello Bianca, welcome to SQ.

I have been stitching off and on for over 30 years, but never had anyone to instruct me. I stumbled onto cross stitch on waste canvas as a way to decorate the clothes I sewed for my children when they were little. Then I moved on to using blending filament. Nobody told me these were advanced techniques, so I just did them.

Anyway, on to today. I most enjoy stitching 1 over 1 on high count evenweave and linen, usually 28 and 32 count. Of course that doesn't work with SQ so for those I do 2 over 2 on 40 count. When stitching over 1 I always stitch English; over 2 usually Danish, with railroading. I stitch in hand, never on aida since I don't like it. Evenweaves are not expensive so I use them even when a design completely covers the fabric.

I grid my big projects with 2 colors of Sulky Sliver metallic thread, one color for every fifth line and the second color for the others. Gridding just one direction doesn't work well for me, so I do both vertical and horizontal lines. But I don't waste time counting how many threads to go over and under, just do running stitches of random length.

With the grid I can and do jump all over the place. Sometimes I stitch page by page, but often I stitch whatever part of a chart interests me, then hop off to another area.

Parking is a technique that I don't use. When I tried it, it was a disaster. The parked threads became tangled together; the needles fell off, vanished into the carpet and leaped out at my feet whenever I was foolish enough to walk around barefoot; and I couldn't see the point in constantly switching colors when there were more stitches of the same color nearby. So I highlight a symbol on my chart and stitch that symbol until the length of floss runs out or all of that symbol in an area are stitched or until I get tired of stitching that color. I will continue on to the next page or area with the color if I still have a bit of floss left on the needle as well.

As you can see from the various responses to your posts, there is no one "right" way to stitch. The right way is whatever works well for you.

Good luck on your projects!

9 out of 10 voices in my head say I am perfectly normal in every way; the others don't know what they are talking about so I ignore them.
Bianca
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6:10 pm Sep 17, 2012

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Hello Bianca, welcome to SQ.

I have been stitching off and on for over 30 years, but never had anyone to instruct me. I stumbled onto cross stitch on waste canvas as a way to decorate the clothes I sewed for my children when they were little. Then I moved on to using blending filament. Nobody told me these were advanced techniques, so I just did them.

Anyway, on to today. I most enjoy stitching 1 over 1 on high count evenweave and linen, usually 28 and 32 count. Of course that doesn't work with SQ so for those I do 2 over 2 on 40 count. When stitching over 1 I always stitch English; over 2 usually Danish, with railroading. I stitch in hand, never on aida since I don't like it. Evenweaves are not expensive so I use them even when a design completely covers the fabric.

I grid my big projects with 2 colors of Sulky Sliver metallic thread, one color for every fifth line and the second color for the others. Gridding just one direction doesn't work well for me, so I do both vertical and horizontal lines. But I don't waste time counting how many threads to go over and under, just do running stitches of random length.

With the grid I can and do jump all over the place. Sometimes I stitch page by page, but often I stitch whatever part of a chart interests me, then hop off to another area.

Parking is a technique that I don't use. When I tried it, it was a disaster. The parked threads became tangled together; the needles fell off, vanished into the carpet and leaped out at my feet whenever I was foolish enough to walk around barefoot; and I couldn't see the point in constantly switching colors when there were more stitches of the same color nearby. So I highlight a symbol on my chart and stitch that symbol until the length of floss runs out or all of that symbol in an area are stitched or until I get tired of stitching that color. I will continue on to the next page or area with the color if I still have a bit of floss left on the needle as well.

As you can see from the various responses to your posts, there is no one "right" way to stitch. The right way is whatever works well for you.

Good luck on your projects!

9 out of 10 voices in my head say I am perfectly normal in every way; the others don't know what they are talking about so I ignore them.


Awesome how many responses I received!! And not to ignore anyone, but it seems to make the most sense to simply reply to the last one posted, is that about right? Since I am a forum virgin am trying to get the hang of it -- and it seems that if I respond to someone who did not write the last post, my response ends up somewhere in the middle .... So how does that work, you ignore everyone else? That is not very forum friend friendly....

It has been really interesting to read all the comments as basically it seems everyone does it there very own merry way. Just like I always did..and it always worked well for me..well that is till Peter Pan.

And then with the Peter Pan very much never ever land I started looking for ways to do things better and all of a sudden was indeed policing myself and not that fun anymore.

So after some soul searching I am abandoning parking...I like to stitch and jump, do find that gridding helps, but am not spending $12 a piece on that Guideline stuff (would have to get a second job to pay for gridding my huge pieces). Ended up buying colored fishing line (4 lbs) in various colors and it is much thinner than the Easy count guideline and works much, much easier. Calculated it comes out to cost 1/12 so that is surely a keeper.

Peter Pan is still a headache, although the railroading is starting to become more natural and now am jumping again am having more fun too (although still in limited amounts as the knotting is still quite awful due to the bad thread). There are a LOT of fractional stitches (which is just not great on 18 count Aida -- what a dumb idea whomever designed this) and back stitches and French knots. So...

Am going to take the other 3 of this series back to the store. Was planning to make this series for the kids (they all picked one -- DH picked number 4 as he practically feels like one of the kids sometimes) , but at the end of the day am afraid it is just too much of a headache. So instead will have them one by one pick a HEAD design. There are plenty of fairytales and kid friendly designs available that will be much more fun to do.

I will finish Peter Pan of course, but am not sure if I will simply work on it non-stop to get it done and then move forward with my SQ pieces. Or if I will rotate it and work on something else for a while. Am a bit worried I might never get back to it! Sad

It is after all a hobby and since am already working hard each day at work, it should stay fun.

Silly is that - I do not even know you gals and am already sitting here, going "yes mam, you are absolutely right, of course there is no cross stitching police."

But I did find myself looking over my shoulder in the past few weeks as you'd never know...almost felt guilty when I sneakily jumped with a color instead of parking it.

Came up with elaborate parking schemes (magnets in colors and needles all over the place) that it was a project in itself to get to the next color resulting in getting 20 stitches done in a few hours.

Told hubby that if I kept this going my new "Tree of Life" project would become a multi-generation project.

Granted my grandma just turned 101 -- which means that if I get to live that long I will still have quite a few years to go and should be able to get quite a bit done, I'd still rather stitch a bit faster as not to aim for a close to death deadline or bribe the kids in finishing it after my demise... Which from all the parking stress and the Peter Pan misery could very well come sooner rather than later. I also have an ever growing stack of patterns and simply do not have the time to keel over before my time.

So... So parking out, gridding with fish line in...and the rest of the Disney Series from MCG out,out, out. Bianca Twisted Evil

On a positive note my new stand came in -- I cross stitch from bed and it was quite the challenge finding a stand. First received a Lowery, which I did not like. All kinds of problems with getting it and then the stand was slanted and I had had enough. Ordered the big foot from K's Creations instead and it arrived Friday.
I LOVE it. Smile It is superb and I love, love, love it. Ordered it directly from the company itself and the service has been amazing.

For all these years I cross stitched in hand, but had started to work with Q-snaps, which I thought were so-so...but since I had now officially admitted I was an addict I felt I could safely invest in my "hobby". So bought a stand and a Millennium Frame.

Would love to feed the kids hamburgers and sit them in front of the tv and cross stitch away...Twisted Evil but shall push those bad selfish thoughts away and will get back to work, after which I will cook a healthy meal and spend some wonderful time with my awesome girls.

And yes, once those angels are in bed I will get some stitchin' time!

With that said, I best get to work, otherwise I will be here till midnight and I won't spend time with the kids nor cross stitching.

And that would be sad!
Have a good night -- happy stitching!

Stitching
Bianca
BarBaraPrz
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8:43 pm Sep 17, 2012


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" and it seems that if I respond to someone who did not write the last post, my response ends up somewhere in the middle .."


It only seems to be in the middle because you include their entire post (which may include your entire post) in your reply. You can delete most of their post and just leave the relevant part, or click on Post Reply and not quote at all.
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