Okay All, I have parked. I don't like it. If you recall, I asked for advice on how one knows what in the h*** you left dangling. Am I the only one who is not fond of this procedure? All those loose threads are bothersome, but it's the coming back for the half-stitched or almost stitched that get to me (and then matching them to my graph). Now, keep in mind I have done large projects before, and I have been stitching for over 25 years, I even teach this craft! Okay, just needed to vent.
I mark my finished stitches off with highlighter on my working copy of the pattern, then put a dot in the square I have parked the thread in. I don't always park in the lower left corner of the square, so put the dot in the corner I have parked in.
I have my working pattern on a magnetic board, and have trimmed a couple of magnets to make arrows. I leave the arrows where I am stitching, so I don't go to the wrong place when I come back to that colour. Sometimes the colours are in the same configuration in different parts of the pattern, so this helps me.
I work in 10x10 areas also to minimize confusion. (It doesn't take much to confuse me! )
It does take getting used to, but for my project, which covers the entire surface, I have found it works for me.
I use parking mainly when I am working in an area where 2-5 colors intermix back and forth. Some people seem to park with lots of colors but if I have more than about 4 or 5 needles going it gets too confusing, not to mention they get in the way of each other.
quote:Originally posted by MJ I use parking mainly when I am working in an area where 2-5 colors intermix back and forth. Some people seem to park with lots of colors but if I have more than about 4 or 5 needles going it gets too confusing, not to mention they get in the way of each other.
I don't park because it's too confusing to me. I've confused myself and had to pull stitches out since they were the wrong color. Now I spend more time rethreading to different colors but that's better than pulling out which I can't stand going backwards.
Well, you know, I have my days where my brain does not keep up with it. I do have the distinct advantage in working on a design where, if I make a mistake, it is highly unlikely that I or anyone else will ever know - millefiori (sp) backgrounds at least have that going for them... which is what forced me to learn to park in the first place. You see, it's all just a vicious circle!
Sorry it's not working out for you; I think I said before that this SQ is the only thing I use it for - I don't use it for any of my TWs, which are about the next most-complicated designs I do. And in the end, we all have to do what works best for us, huh? That's the relaxation part
I'm glad you brought this up, Julie, because it raises the part of parking I've never understood myself, but having never actually even tried to park, I wouldn't have brought it up myself without at least attempting to nut it out on my own. But now you've brought it up, I'll ask! I never understood how one would use the Danish style whilst parking (ie. do all the / stitches in a row/area/colour and then come back with all the \ stitches, or vice versa if that's your thing).
Let's say I'm stitching from left to right and I go all the way across a row doing the first leg of all my stitches and parking the needle where it's next needed as I go. So far so good, but then I try and come back. Now If I'm stitching with red, white and blue then I'm not going to have too much trouble picking up the right needle to do the second half of each cross, but if I'm stitching with pale grey, very pale grey, silver and a blend of pale grey and silver, I may become quite a bit more flummoxed mightn't I? But it's okay, because I have my chart. So I go back and check each stitch on my chart AGAIN, which is fine; now I know which colour should go in each square. But how do I know which needle carries each colour? I know that square X should be completed with pale grey but parked nearby are five needles carrying almost identical colours. What the???
I can just see this leading to an insane amount of chart checking and multiple markings every time I put a needle down anywhere. I read Nancy's comment about putting a dot in the corner of the square she's left her needle in and that seems pretty smart, but if you've parked a bunch of grey-ish needles around about, it seems only a matter of time before the whole thing's cactus!
Am I making sense to anyone? Or is the fact that I've never actually tried to do this really shining through?
Maybe one should just adopt English style when parking?
I only park the needle after I have completed all the stitches I've started. For example, let's say I have 4 stitches of a color in a row, skip 2, then 3 more stitches in the same row. In this instance I would do all 7 stitches, THEN park wherever the next stitch was. I don't see an advantage to starting the 4 stitches, then parking so you can fill in the intervening stitches, because you're going to have to come back across those 2 stitches. In fact I think it's better to do the whole 7 because then you can easily cover the threads that extend across the 2 stitches of another color. If the skip was 10 stitches, I wouldn't do the last 3 stitches following the first 4 anyway, so again parking after the first 4 would not come into it. I might get to them some devious roundabout way but not directly. Does that help?
That's the way I do it, also - if I have several and can go do the //// pass, I don't park until I come back with the \\\\ pass. To illustrate - I am working the symbol "A":
A A A A A n f t A A A A
f t A A A A n t A f A A f
Go down and come back in the top row, then park in the bottom left corner of the first A in the next row.
If I am going left to right, and I look ahead and the next use of this symbol is right, near the end of where I am putting it in this row, I will do the complete stitch as I go, so I am complete when I get to that end, then park the next row down. To illustrate - again working the symbol "A":
A A A A n f t A A A
f n n t b n f f t A A A A A
I would complete each A in the top row as I go, then park in that first A in the next row; depending on where the next A is after this row, I will either go do the //// then the \\\\, or complete each stitch as I go again; depends where the A is next used. If it's what I feel is too far over, I'll start a new thread in that far A...
Gee, did that just muddy the waters? And not to highjack your answer, MJ....