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Cross Stitch Addict (WIPs Kinkaide Disney + Night Watch)


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Bianca
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7:59 pm Sep 20, 2012

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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).



That's interesting as I thought you were not suppose to do Danish vertical -- I always did every which way Danish if it made sense and for stitches it was not logical I did it the English way. Maybe the whatever works is the Dutch way?

But now I have access to "proper" instructions I think I might want to learn to do it right. Maybe...

Guess it is somewhere in the Solutions section that you are not suppose to go vertical Danish. I never had any lessons in cross stitching in my life so I thought "o my" best not to do that anymore then...but am not really noticing much difference. Although am only working on Peter momentarily and he might not be the best rat.

The way you explained it is certainly interesting and I will stitch your way tonight and see how it goes.

And indeed there is no cross stitching police. Did a search on YouTube and found a bundle of videos on there too. Have actually not watched any as work went crazy (hence my quiet for a few days on here) and am working till I drop (not fun, but pays the bills).

And since I have accepted that I am an "official addict" and that I am quite convinced recovery is not at all feasible I figured might just as well invest some money (which is what most addicts do too I figured, right?).

Hence the fact I bought a fancy floss cabinet (love, love it and also got 50% off so that was really neat), a stand (love, love, love it and also got a superb deal - after lots of headaches with Lowery ended up with a K's Creations Big Foot directly from the manufacturer and it is superb) and the Millennium frames (yet to arrive).

All these new improvements have made cross stitching even funner and work even less funner, but alas..as long as I keep getting the wrong numbers for the lottery, work has to be done.

By the way, I ran into an awesome finishing pinhead stitch solution. You finish in a different hole in the middle instead of go under your stitch as posted in the Solutions section.

Was a bit worried you would be able to see it through the fabric. In fact was convinced this would not work, but am always open to testing something.

And even though my new stand is awesome, it is not so great with knotting Peter as I constantly have to flip it. So I now really needed to find a way to stop the knotting and make this project more fun.

Already received many suggestions and since I posted this topic it has improved tremendously - thank you all. Smile

In any event back to the different hole finishing pinhead....so I tested it and to my great surprise it was quick, fun to do and you could not see the little stitch once you cover it with a cross stitch. It does look obvious when you have not covered it with a cross stitch yet and I was most dubious about it, but tried it with red finish in the middle of another hole and made the stitch over it white (thought that was pretty drastic) and I held it against the light and saw nothing!!

Mind you, in real life this will be framed and I will never stare at it through the light, but still...to be sure also tested black below white and also did not see it. I really like it very much and certainly speeds up my work.

Aside from that it will make my back look neater. Never knew anyone cared about their backs (as I was all alone on my cross stitching island for many years doing my own thing till a few months ago). Still am not sure how much I care as the thing will be framed.

(how odd would it be if a visitor would take it off the wall, take the frame apart and investigates the back of my work....)

But in any event, it does make the back look very neat.

Here is the link to it:
http://apinnick.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/pin-stitch-tutorial-part-2/

The only downside I can see is if you have to do some frogging as they are not easy to take out, especially if you covered them with a different color.

But since I now grid with my new super-duper fishing line (major improvement from the too thick easy guideline for 18 and 25 counts fabric - although do like that stuff for 14 count) I have not miscounted anything yet (knock knock). Another thing that is here to stay (as I will start and finish with the same color all over the place, which is now much much easier). It is really amazing how much I have picked up over the past few weeks of following the forum and lately since I am posting myself too.

Railroading is another must stay -- it is now not taking me anymore time at all as I simply lay the tread down instead of hold it up before I finish the stitch and it quickly becomes second nature and the result is much better.

Very cool to be learning all this as I have two new projects and they will certainly benefit from all these handy tricks and new methods. Have adapted some things to make them my own, tossed out some other ideas, but the few main ones are here to stay.

I worked like this for two hours last night -- as have lots of confetti - am in the houses section where Peter flies over. Due to the tremendous knotting it was taking me a long time to get through it (have been turtleling along for the last couple of weeks), but with all my new tricks Peter is speechless and I only had two major knotting headaches (and okay that did total about an hour to get it out) it really is much, much better.

Not as to say I will ever do this again. The next three Disney designs from this series my kids and DH chose will be done on my own fabric with my own floss, but still I can get through this and the end is coming in site (it is only 12 inches x 16 inches piece)

And with all this knotting you might think I should start another hobby, but I honestly have never had this happen before so I do think it is a combination of the fabric, floss and the added frustration that builds...

The knotting seems to be somewhat color related as I sometimes have a color that stitches fine and then another color can knot every couple of stitches (and it looks and feels different too)

So all and all, with shorter threads (about 10 inches), using thread heaven, railroading, starting and ending with the pinhead stitch it is actually becoming workable. And the most important part...

It is fun again. Smile

Am curious if anyone tried the finish pinhead stitch as per the link above and what your thoughts are.

Am exhausted from a very long day of work and still have a bit to go, so if I repeated myself or made no sense, please bear that in mind. I cannot help it, it is the addiction talking and as it has been quite a few hours... just thinking about it gives me withdrawal symptoms causing me to ramble on and on and on....


Have fun stitching!!

Thanks much,
Bianca
rifestitch
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8:53 am Sep 21, 2012

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Originally posted by Bianca

But in any event, it does make the back look very neat.

Here is the link to it:
http://apinnick.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/pin-stitch-tutorial-part-2/

Have fun stitching!!

Thanks much,
Bianca


If you flip through that blog that you've linked there, you'll see Avital is working on the Lady & Unicorn that I am also working on. We compare notes every now and then AND she has the most wonderful photos - look for her posts on her recent trip to ITALY! Since I am working on Chatelaine's Tuscany Town Mandala too, Avital's photos will be a good resource for me to learn the names of the buildings I will eventually stitch
Bianca
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5:29 pm Oct 05, 2012

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Originally posted by Bianca

But in any event, it does make the back look very neat.

Here is the link to it:
http://apinnick.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/pin-stitch-tutorial-part-2/

Have fun stitching!!

Thanks much,
Bianca


If you flip through that blog that you've linked there, you'll see Avital is working on the Lady & Unicorn that I am also working on. We compare notes every now and then AND she has the most wonderful photos - look for her posts on her recent trip to ITALY! Since I am working on Chatelaine's Tuscany Town Mandala too, Avital's photos will be a good resource for me to learn the names of the buildings I will eventually stitch



Is Avital still working on the Lady and the Unicorn? As I have not seen any recent updates. How are you faring along?
rifestitch
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1:54 pm Oct 08, 2012

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Is Avital still working on the Lady and the Unicorn? As I have not seen any recent updates. How are you faring along?


Yes, she's still working on it, though not often. She posted an update in the last few months, if I remember correctly... She does so many other kinds of needlework, it's a wonder she fits any cross stitching in at all...

As for mine, it's made some great progress this year, in a midst all my other WIPs - the last update I had on it is here: http://rifestitch.jaysez.org/2012/08/sheer-folly-an-attempt-at-a-monday-update.html but this link will eventually break, as my Multiply blog is going away, and I don't have time to reload hundreds of photos into every post I've made, so at some point, this will take you to a post full of grey boxes Sad I am putting a few things up on Flickr and Lady & Unicorn is one of those things - but it's not complete yet....
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