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annamarie23
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Joined: 10 Apr 2012
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Location: United Kingdom
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5:06 pm Sep 23, 2012

Hi everyone
I'm an avid cross stitcher and just love stitching! I'm new to the SQ site and forum after buying my first pattern - Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes. I must say now I've got my pattern I wonder if I'm out of my depth, but I'm sure it wll be fine!!

Be great to hear from you. If anyone else out there has stitched this pattern before and/or has any advice for me given I've not stitched an SQ pattern before, please get in touch.
Bye for now
Anna-Marie
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Bianca
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Joined: 23 Aug 2012
Posts: 22
Location: California
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10:51 am Sep 24, 2012

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Originally posted by annamarie23
Hi everyone
I'm an avid cross stitcher and just love stitching! I'm new to the SQ site and forum after buying my first pattern - Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes. I must say now I've got my pattern I wonder if I'm out of my depth, but I'm sure it wll be fine!!

Be great to hear from you. If anyone else out there has stitched this pattern before and/or has any advice for me given I've not stitched an SQ pattern before, please get in touch.
Bye for now
Anna-Marie
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Hello Anne-Marie,

Nice to meet you! Checked out the project you are working on as I was not familiar with that painting and it is beautiful, I am sure you will have a great time working on it.

What kind of projects have you completed previously? How long have you been cross stitching? And just out of curiosity -- do you work on a stand, what type of frame do you use and do you have any ideas on how you will be tackling this new challenge?

Hope you do not mind my questions, but find it most intriguing how others work -- especially because before this forum I had no idea and I was on my own little island cross stitch wise...

I too am new to SQ -- have started the Night Watch and will also join the Tree of Life to my rotation soon once I have all my materials in. And my last rotate is a rather headache project, which is Peter Pan (a kit from the Kinkade Disney series). However, I have to say it is improving much (as it came with very low quality floss and fabric -- in fact, feel that something might have been amiss with this package) since I have started applying some of the ideas opted in both the forum and ones I read in the "solutions" section of this website.

Would love to move to stay in touch and cheer each other along whilst we work our way through our first projects. Because I rotate three it will take me a bit to get them done, but it is all in good fun and am in no hurry.

Did you check out any of the forums and the solutions? My two favorite are gridding (why did I never come up with that??) and the pinhead stitch (and I also use thread heaven on low quality thread).

Curious as to how you are setting up this new fun project!

Enjoy your stitchin'

Best,
Bianca

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annamarie23
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Joined: 10 Apr 2012
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Location: United Kingdom
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5:23 pm Sep 24, 2012

Hi Bianca
Nice to meet you too and thank you for your reply! I don't mind the questions at all.

You sound like you do a lot of stitching and are a very busy lady! I've only been doing cross stitch for the last 12 years or so and used to stitch with just a hand held embroidery ring but now use a seat hoop which I've found really useful. I use a frame for tapestry but I suppose if my SQ project is big, a frame would be handy! What do you prefer to use?

I used to look at friends finished projects and think 'I couldn't do that' and it was a kind lady who gave me a small kit to do as a trial and that was it - I was hooked! Up to now I've worked on one project at a time but I have found this difficult sometimes as I do tend to need variety to keep me going. I've only worked on cross stitch kits of small sizes and not too complex designs so nothing quite as intricate as this painting. I have thought about working on another project from the SQ site at the same time but I'm not sure as at the moment I'm looking at the chart and thinking 'wow, will this be ok?'. What about you? How long have you stitched and what sort of projects have you worked on? I've got lots of charts that I look at each time I visit the site.

I must take a closer look at the forum and the solutions section as they sound really helpful. I've recently been introduced to Thread Heaven so I'm pleased to hear you mention it. Gridding? Mmm, I need to read up on that! Is this what you are doing for your projects?

I've taken a look at the Night Watch and Tree of Life paintings and they are great too. What aida have you chosen for Night watch and what colour? In the US, what floss brands do you have available or is it like here in the UK - DMC and Anchor? Aida is really expensive here too so it can be costly buying all the materials (but very exciting getting everything together).

Please do stay in touch as it's always good to hear from a fellow stitcher. We can cheer each other along on our respective SQ stitching journeys. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,
Anna-Marie
Bianca
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Joined: 23 Aug 2012
Posts: 22
Location: California
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5:54 pm Oct 05, 2012

Hello Anne-Marie,

Sorry for the late response, but it has been a super busy week at work. Since I sit behind my computer all day I need to try and sneak in a moment at work, as I try and stay away from that monster during the weekends or at night (I work from home).

Like you I also used to work on smaller projects and simply stitched by hand. In fact I always use to buy kits that were all inclusive.

Am from the Netherlands and back home Lanarte is the major brand which (at least used to) includes DMC floss with their projects so I never even considering going online for cross stitching.

That only happened when I started working on my horrid Peter Pan. Think the project itself might not be so bad, but I somehow got a misfit or whatever as about half the thread is terrible quality.

One night when I almost pulled out my hair I thought to consult the WWW and see if there were any suggestions anywhere to make it easier to work with thread that did not want to do what I wanted it to do.

And a whole new world opened up.... Had no idea places like SQ existed, nor that apparently I was not the only one who cross stitched (do not know anyone except my mom who did a few projects back in the day) and am used to being all alone in the cross stitch aisle of the store..so I always felt a bit like a nerd....

Low and behold bundles of people -- women and men -- that seem all perfectly pleasant people are out here chatting away and loving cross stitching as much as I do.

So I am basically "out of closet" and now proudly tell people I cross stitch (I never told anyone) and turns out I am muppet as people do not care and why should I care what people think??

But in any event, reading the forums was great and I decided that I really should make some investments into my hobby as I love it so much and why do it "in the closet"?

So I bought a K's Creations big foot stainless steel frame, which I LOVE. And I invested in the Millennium Frames from Needle Needs (which is a UK company), which I am absolutely in love with -- have never seen anything like it and will never stitch by hand ever again. Can highly, highly recommend both companies and products.

I use only DMC and buy that online -- only buy in bulk and pay $0.32 a skein. If you are interested, let me know and I can provide you with the name. Am sure Nancy will ship overseas.

For Aida I generally use Gold Standard DMC or Charles Craft Classic Reserve - pay about $14 - $ 16 per yard on eBay and generally work on white or antique white.

For the Tree of Life I decided to get the best of the best and ended up spending $54 on Zweigart Dirty Aida (which is just a color, but considering the large amount of ecru used thought it might be easier to work with) and have to say that at this point am not really seeing any difference, but the work has yet to begin.

For the Nightwatch I tried something new and am working on Lugana 25 count - because of the many faces thought it would come out better. It is not bad, and I would use it again if I ever would do a Heaven and Earth design (which I think are almost all on 25 count), but my general preference is still Aida as I just like the ease of working with it.

Well, my fingers are almost worn out from typing all of this -- your turn! Smile

What are you working on? How is your stitching coming along? Do you rotate? How does your system work?

You can read about gridding in the solutions, I LOVE it, will never do any project without it (but I use 4lb fish line in multiple colors as that is way cheaper) again.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks,
Bianca
annamarie23
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Location: United Kingdom
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3:50 pm Oct 16, 2012

Hi Bianca
It was great to read your post and I too must apologise for the delay in replying. It's been a busy time and we've had guests staying which means I've not had any time to reply to your lovely email or stitch for that matter! All being well, things will return to relative normality at the weekend and I can resume my stitching and reply to your post (if you get chance to reply).
You sound like a busy lady too!

Like you I've usually bought all inclusive projects but this time it's a whole new experience. Was the Peter Pan a Lanarte kit? I recently completed a baby sampler for my friend and that was a Vervaco kit. They didn't include enough thread and it was a real problem getting some from them as they wouldn't give me the DMC colour numbers because people copy everything which is understandable I guess but when you want to get on with a project it's most irritating.

I've just bought some antique white aida to start my Midsummer Eve project and I've found a great site in the UK for purchasing threads at a good price. Here in the UK a skein of DMC can cost anything from 40p to 1.10 depending on where you buy and if you have a large project with lots of threads - it soon adds up. Please let me know the site you use as it sounds good. I've also bought some aida and threads for another project which is a Japanese design but didn't get the chart from SQ only because it wasn't available on the site.

I'm also definately going to look at the place your bought your frame from. I also need to have a go at gridding - makes me nervous to try though so I need to read it carefully. Is it easy to do? you said you use fish line - that's interesting too. So how many projects have you used gridding on and do you have any tips or advice? Another question (sorry), but what craft light do you use? There's so many available but picking the right one is difficult. I'm just getting into organising my threads in a bobbin box. Love the organising phase too!

Take care and happy stitching and I won't be so remiss in keeping in touch. I'm happy to send you my email address if it's easier.

Bye for now,
Anna Marie
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