Is it rude to ask about other companies here? A place that makes charts that is NOT SQ? I am working on a a large project and wondered what other stitchers thought of the designer/manufacturer. Dare I name them? Is that cool?
I don't mind either, I think we all work on projects other than SQ when we need something a little 'lighter' or more travel friendly. And I think the idea behind "coffee break" is that we can discuss anything we like. But I guess Meredith should have the last say here.
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Okay, I've been given permission from Meredith, I will now ask the question. Has anyone worked on patterns from "Heaven and Earth Designs?" I have one that is practically giving me hives. The symbols are all way too much alike and the website is less than helpful. Just wondering. (Thanks Meredith, for eveything, you are one in a million.)
I haven't done one myself, but I know an awful lot of people who just rave about them - a few of the ladies in my groups have like 50 of them or more in the stash. I think they have a support forum somewhere - I might be able to locate it if somebody brings it up in the next couple of days.
One of the designers that I hear the most complaints about the symbols all being similar is Martina Weber's Chatelaine designs. I have one all kitted up and ready to go as soon as I have room to fit it in, but I have heard lots of people say they are so very hard to follow if you don't have the color chart, which she gives while it is an online class. I have one of the B&W chartpacks from after the online class was over, so I'm hoping I don't have too many problems with it; I've looked at it, and nothing jumped right out at me, but looking it and stitching it will probably be two completely different things I have to say, I have never heard anyone mention this with HaEDs before....
I'll keep an eye out for mantion of that forum everyone goes to for those - it's not affiliated with HaED specifically, I'm pretty sure. I am actually considering getting a HaED to work on soem time, as I am really curious how they get such wonderful results with no blends - oh, and anything I can do over-1 is also an added bonus.
Rife, appreciate the info. I have done cross stitch for about 25 years now, and have run across a few problems along the way. (Part of my issue is that I have a learning disability, I am dyslexic and dyscalculic.) But H & E has been, by far, the worst. I recently finished one (fairly large) by Mystic Stitch. There symbols aren't symbols at all, they use all letters and numbers. That was different. Because of my own problems I tend to prefer black and white charts, then I go over them and highlight the things that are potential confusions with colored pencils. I have worked out the kinks in how I overcome by difficulties, I re-count things to death, but when there are so many like symbols, even my tricks don't always work.
Wow, Julie, it must be really tough working with so many little squiggles for you, and such tiny ones at that! And I thought it was hard enough for me! Have you ever seen those charts that just use colours instead of symbols? Although I suppose that would have to limit the range of colour shades you could use. I can barely tell the difference between two similar blends when I've got them side by side!
I've never done a HAED either, but they are talked about a lot over at GK and Intricate XS... are you part of those forums? There are some HAED patterns I like and, like Rife, I'm curious to see how they can get any great amount of details without using blends. But, unlike Rife, I'm absolutely loath to do any 1 over 1, or at least until I get a decent light and magnifier!
And, as far as I know, it doesn't matter who drew/painted the original artwork, all the patterns are designed by the same person. So chances are, if you find this one difficult, you'll find any HAED pattern difficult.
have you ever seen those charts that use colours instead of symbols?
Have some charts which use colours.But they have a symbol in the colours and I think it 's quite difficult to keep track of colours and symbols Without a very good light it is very hard to see the symbols in the darker colours
See? This is why I love this place! Fab new info daily. I will check out the other forums, thanks. And yes, I have done some with just colored squares, or symbols with colors. They don't seem to help me much. I still do better with b & w and my own highlighting. Yeah, why would someone with this problem pick this craft? I have no idea, it just happened, and I loved it, difficulties and all, I just stayed with it, and figured out how to make it work for me. I also quilt, and the math is torture, but I have some great local resources in a shop near by. Those ladies are like you, only in person. My limitations there are that, obviously I can only get advice and help during "working" hours, and if you notice what time I post things, that's not always convenient. I am nocturnal, and my husband works nights, so again, yet another reason I love SQ forums!