Good afternoon, all. I discovered this website some time ago but was intimidated by the complexity of the patterns. Today I downloaded the free pattern and think I'll give it a try. I'm still intimidated but - oh, well.
I have been doing counted cross-stitch for years but have been doing mostly angels - the patterns put out by Lavender and Lace or Told in a Garden. I'm sick and tired of angels. Right now I'm working on a 3'x4' tapestry of 'The Swing'. It's a needlepoint pattern but I'm doing it with 12-strand DMC thread in a half-cross stitch.
I have found a couple of neat cross-stitch stands - one is a lap frame that will take up to 24' pieces, the other is a floor stand that will take pieces as large as the one I'm working on now.
All of this is by way of introducing myself. Thanks for reading.
Welcome, Nancy - I'm Karen, or Rife, as I am more commonly known in here - I guess I'm the chatterbox and chief instigator lately!
If you've done L&L angels, these SQ designs won't be so far off for you - just getting used to the more-often-than-not solidly stitched pieces (not the freebie sample) and blends (I don't think L&L uses blends - but I could be wrong) is the big part; after that, they are all just X's, and no fractionals and no backstitching!! From someone who learned the finer points of this craft on Teresa Wentzler designs, let me tell you how nice it is to not have 1/4 stitches and backstitching on a few projects!! I say, dive right in - if you get stuck, we're here for you!!
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Welcome! I don't chime in as much as I regularly check the forum. L&L do use some blending (at least in the wedding chart there was some), but it was very limited. However, once you have the concept, you have it. I think anyone's who's stitched for any amount of time can appreciate the art in these patterns. Looking forward to hearing how you like the patterns & forum!
Wlecome, Nancy. I agree that this forum is very helpful. I'm working on my first SQ pattern, and although it is a challenge, the support and advice from the forum members has been great and very helpful. The designs are beautiful looking at them in the site, and 10 times better stitched.
I, too, am new to this site. I've cross-stitched in the past, and took it up again when I quit smoking 3 years ago. I've done nothing as complex as SQ. I would like to order a pattern - especially Ivy - Alphonse Mucha - but the sheer number of colors has me a little intimidated. Ivy looks like a project for the next year or so.
May I introduce myself too? Love to stitch , started 3 months ago my first SQ and enjoy it very much.Want to say to the others try it,it is so much fun .Don't be intimidated by the amount of colours or how big it is.Because the patterns are a booklet so you work page by page,instead of having a large pattern in front of you which makes it less scary.The forum, the tips are so good that if you have been stitching you can do it too
Thanks to everyone who wrote about parking, it did help me a lot and I'm parking too now.
Yay, newbies! I love newbies! Welcome to Fenny, Retha and Nancy 2! You'll have to be Nancy 2 you see because we already have a Nancy, or maybe you can be Cheffy?!
I guess I can understand how newbies can be intimidated at first because NOWHERE else have any of us come across such large complex designs. But the thing is, in essence they're actually a lot easier than some of the very very basic patterns out there. Because there's no beading, no fractional stitches, no French knots, no backstitching... just crosses. And we all know that crosses can be made however you like them! For those of you who haven't tried blending before: you grab one strand of one colour, whack it with another strand of another colour and stitch with it! Whammo, you're doing blended stitches! (You may just need to be a teency bit more attentive about making sure your strands lie flat each time so both colours show, but that's it!). And then the only other thing to deal with is the size, and we all know that any and every project gets dealt with in the same way: one stitch after another. And as for the time, I think of it this way, by now I could have done maybe 10 stupid little Christmas decorations (apologies to all those who love stitching stupid little Christmas decorations), but instead of those I have a beautiful, enormous piece of art that I made of one of my favourite paintings!!! And that's all the motivation I need, personally!
So I say, give it a go! And, as the others said, no matter what kind of trouble you get yourself into, you can just bring it here and we'll all brainstorm on it for you! I'd bet you that between us all we must have hundeds of years of stitching experience behind us!
Well, OK, here goes. I've ordered Ivy and will let you all know if (but probably when) I run into trouble. I read all the posts re: parking, and I understand the procedure (although I've not tried it yet). What I don't understand is what to do with thread on the back. Is it woven into the vertical stitches on the back of the canvas?
quote:Originally posted by rrmeier What I don't understand is what to do with thread on the back. Is it woven into the vertical stitches on the back of the canvas?
Absolutely, or you could try one of the finishing/beginning stitches detailed in the tips section. Congratulations on your purchase, Retha- that's a lovely pattern! Let us know how you go, and how you're arranging your floss and supplies and if you're using a frame/floor stand, whatever... we like to know!