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cinzia8
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8:17 am Apr 13, 2011

Guys, what do you do when you have a confetti stitch block that does not want to go away? I am stitching this great HAED design by Sandra Kuck, Seaside Memories, and cannot get myself to go through the part where you have to do one stitch and than change floss, all this with about 18/20 colors!! How do you get over it? Normally what I do is to start a new project, smaller and easy, to pull out when I don't fell like doing the primary one, but I really wanted to stay with ithis one seeing that it is so big and will take a long long time to complete without blocks, and considering that i don't have that much time to dedicate to it anyways it will really take years. HELP!!!!

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rifestitch
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9:38 am Apr 13, 2011

Well, those are about the only projects I do, so there's usually no getting around it for me Smile If you really feel stuck, maybe you just need to set a goal, like doing 50 or 100 stitches, then putting it away and/or work on something else. Maybe if you have a goal that will allow you to make a little bit of progress past that area, but yet leave you time & energy to work on something a little less intense, you'll soon find yourself over the tough spot Smile

Since I currently have 21 WIPs, I always have something I could be working on - I don't necessarily recommend starting something new to get past the rough patch - that can snowball and then you'll have WIPs all over the place Shocked But I do think it is good to have a simpler project to balance a tougher one...
Patricia
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7:26 am Apr 14, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by cinzia8
Guys, what do you do when you have a confetti stitch block that does not want to go away? I am stitching this great HAED design by Sandra Kuck, Seaside Memories, and cannot get myself to go through the part where you have to do one stitch and than change floss, all this with about 18/20 colors!! How do you get over it? Normally what I do is to start a new project, smaller and easy, to pull out when I don't fell like doing the primary one, but I really wanted to stay with ithis one seeing that it is so big and will take a long long time to complete without blocks, and considering that i don't have that much time to dedicate to it anyways it will really take years. HELP!!!!

Crying or Very sad [/img]

Sometimes it is tough going. How about a countdown. 12 to go... 11.. to go.. 10.. to go. or is there an area close by where you are working that has more stitiches of the same thread, so you can have a "break-away" every other or every 3rd,,maybe 4th confetti thread. Maybe you need to ask yourself,, why am I doing this? it is not fun right now..and put it away for a little while. Like Rrife, I also have many on the go. I am fortunate enough to have a room where they are all sitting out (not a neat and tidy room, mind you) and I can look and decide which one to work on.I do a lot of looking and admiring. Laughing Sometimes I will work on one for many days, other times, just a few stitiches. Stitching Each wip has it's own threads in baggies on a ring. The threads, pattern and needle are sitting with it. I use the magnets to keep the needle on the fabric, so everything is ready to go when the mood strikes..my goodness,!! I did get carried away here, didn't I.. Rolling Eyes
Patricia
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7:30 am Apr 14, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by cinzia8
Guys, what do you do when you have a confetti stitch block that does not want to go away? I am stitching this great HAED design by Sandra Kuck, Seaside Memories, and cannot get myself to go through the part where you have to do one stitch and than change floss, all this with about 18/20 colors!! How do you get over it? Normally what I do is to start a new project, smaller and easy, to pull out when I don't fell like doing the primary one, but I really wanted to stay with ithis one seeing that it is so big and will take a long long time to complete without blocks, and considering that i don't have that much time to dedicate to it anyways it will really take years. HELP!!!!

Crying or Very sad [/img]

By the Way, You will never get all the charts you have purchased done or even started. You will just keep adding charts as you see and "need" more. Isn't that half the fun of this hobby??? enjoy and give yourself..no.. restrictions. Laughing
Cecilia
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1:46 pm Apr 14, 2011

Crying or Very sad [/img][/quote]
By the Way, You will never get all the charts you have purchased done or even started. You will just keep adding charts as you see and "need" more. Isn't that half the fun of this hobby??? enjoy and give yourself..no.. restrictions. Laughing[/quote]


I also have quite a few WIP's going. They mostly all have confetti stitching in them. I do what the others suggested, I make myself a goal - such as I'm going to finish this flower today, or get to a particular place. I can then go on to something else, or pick another part of the same piece that is a bit faster going...

Another thing is that too many WIP's makes me nervous - I actually like stitching very much and also like finishing them...(then I can get another Twisted Evil)
cinzia8
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1:20 am Apr 15, 2011

[quote="Patricia"]
quote:
Originally posted by cinzia8
Guys, what do you do when you have a confetti stitch block that does not want to go away? I am stitching this great HAED design by Sandra Kuck, Seaside Memories, and cannot get myself to go through the part where you have to do one stitch and than change floss, all this with about 18/20 colors!! How do you get over it? Normally what I do is to start a new project, smaller and easy, to pull out when I don't fell like doing the primary one, but I really wanted to stay with ithis one seeing that it is so big and will take a long long time to complete without blocks, and considering that i don't have that much time to dedicate to it anyways it will really take years. HELP!!!!
I am fortunate enough to have a room where they are all sitting out (not a neat and tidy room, mind you) and I can look and decide which one to work on.I do a lot of looking and admiring. Laughing Sometimes I will work on one for many days, other times, just a few stitiches. Stitching Each wip has it's own threads in baggies on a ring. The threads, pattern and needle are sitting with it. I use the magnets to keep the needle on the fabric, so everything is ready to go when the mood strikes..my goodness,!! I did get carried away here, didn't I.. Rolling Eyes


YOU HAVE ALL MY ENVY!! I always wanted a roomjust for me and my cross stitch/crochet (my sane alter ego)!
cinzia8
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1:28 am Apr 15, 2011

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Originally posted by rifestitch
Well, those are about the only projects I do, so there's usually no getting around it for me Smile If you really feel stuck, maybe you just need to set a goal, like doing 50 or 100 stitches, then putting it away and/or work on something else. Maybe if you have a goal that will allow you to make a little bit of progress past that area, but yet leave you time & energy to work on something a little less intense, you'll soon find yourself over the tough spot Smile

Since I currently have 21 WIPs, I always have something I could be working on - I don't necessarily recommend starting something new to get past the rough patch - that can snowball and then you'll have WIPs all over the place Shocked But I do think it is good to have a simpler project to balance a tougher one...


Truthfully, this project is big enough for me to go back and forth from these rough areas to the more relaxing ones, I guess my main problem is that this project is so big (400 x 319 stitches, and since my eyes are not at their best, I chose Aida cloth, which made it REALLY big) that it's hard for me to get on it everytime i want to, so I get on it only when I have the space and time right for it, and maybe my heart is calling for something smaller, more space/time friendly, that I can get out anytime I want/can... I really wish I could cross stitch more!!! Crying or Very sad
cinzia8
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1:42 am Apr 15, 2011

Crying or Very sad [/img][/quote]
By the Way, You will never get all the charts you have purchased done or even started. You will just keep adding charts as you see and "need" more. Isn't that half the fun of this hobby??? enjoy and give yourself..no.. restrictions. Laughing[/quote]

I know!! The very small logical part of me often questions me buying all these charts, especially these very complicated ones that would take years in normal conditions, and al I can say is: they are gorgeous, how can I let them go? Sometimes I wish I had a cross stitch buddy to offer my charts and material to stitch together, or rather, did any of you ever tour the cross stitch site called "ABC stitch therapy"? It is in Grantham, NH, it is actually a store that ships internationally, and they recently changed location so they pubblished a virual tour of their store: well, that would be a life dream for me! I would provide the charts and materials, we all stitch together and at the end we put up the finished pieces for all to see!!! Stitching

Here are the links:
http://www.abcstitch.com/
http://www.abcstitch.com/slideshow/images/slideshow.html
armywife
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11:39 am Apr 16, 2011

Sometimes I wish I had a cross stitch buddy to offer my charts and material to stitch together, or rather, did any of you ever tour the cross stitch site called "ABC stitch therapy"? It is in Grantham, NH, it is actually a store that ships internationally, and they recently changed location so they pubblished a virual tour of their store: well, that would be a life dream for me! I would provide the charts and materials, we all stitch together and at the end we put up the finished pieces for all to see!!! Stitching

Here are the links:
http://www.abcstitch.com/
http://www.abcstitch.com/slideshow/images/slideshow.html[/quote]
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Thank you for sharing that link! It is a good thing I don't live near that store. I would spend a LOT of time in there (and money, no doubt). That sounds like a dream of mine, also. I wish I had someone close to me to stitch with, but so far, it has been a solitary hobby. Oh, well. I really enjoy it! I wish my 15 year old daughter would get interested but not so far, although I have tried:)
Pam Stitching
MariamK
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3:02 pm Apr 16, 2011

I am working on a Blue Peacock by Jessie Arms Botke. Each 1" square contains 10 different stitches horizontally and vertically plus, each stitch contains 2 different colors of floss (no kidding).

I swore so many times and promised myself that if I survive this project, I will never select this artist again. It consumed me totally. I could not sleep because my mind would be racing trying to figure out a better system of working with so many different colors of floss, symbols, where did I put my scissors, pencils, etc., etc that I would get up at 2'00 o'clock in the morning and work till 4:00. Little by little I came with solutions that started to make life easier for me. I kept changing and making better solutions, until I came up with something concrete that I can use for each project. So now I LOVE THIS PATTERN MORE AND MORE!!

Now, this is a compilation of various suggestion that I found reading forums at Scarlet Quince and internet. blogs.

I came to conclusion that GRID, GRID, GRID, is THE most important to a difficult pattern (this is a 4:00 am finding). I do not have patience of stitching 10 x 10 squares on my material, so I went to my local Wal-Mart and bought a package of 12 colored Pencils. Using a light color (yellow, blue, or pink) I outline the grid. Now, I am not one to park my thread stitcher, but with a grid and counting my stitches, I can safely jump to any stitch I want. However, I found out that working with 40 x 40 grid area is more enjoyable. I mark out my area with a color tape that I bought at my cross stitch store. Next, for my floss, I bought 3-1/2 x 8" envelopes cut them in half, wrote the symbol associated with the floss on the half of the envelope. Now mind you, that the same color of the floss, can be used with combination with other color of the floss, separating them into different envelopes cuts down on waste and my confusion. Pencils and scissors are attached to my stand. Purchased a day-light lamp with magnifier and since my kids flew the nest, I have several rooms to dedicate to various projects!

LOVE THE RETIREMENT LIFE
Mariam
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