My first charts arrived today--O MY GOSH are they intricate! I'm going to go blind
At the very least, I'll be happy blind . Still waiting on a last-minute addition, "The Kiss," which I think I'll start first. I'm a push-over for anything romantic. Pride and Prejudice is the best film of all time Should get here next week. The pattern, not the film.
Fabric on it's way for that one; then I get to decipher the floss key. Yikes again
I don't think I've ever worked with a completely b&w chart before, so this will be new. I am so looking forward to doing something for myself for a change--everything else ended up a gift to someone.
Black and white charts are my first choice, because I high-light them with colored pencils (I have a learning disibility that sometimes makes the symbols confusing in my little head). Just an idea, if you are feeling overwhelmed.
Thanks, Julie. Good idea! Congrats on working around your learning disability instead of letting it keep you from doing what you love. Just one more question--how many different colors would you need? The chart I'm going to start next week (I hope) uses 150 colors. That's a lot of pencils Kathleen
I only high-light the ones that are similar, or might mess me up. Like when there are many arrows, some going right or left or up or down, I use a pencil close in color to what the thread is, then I either put an X over one of them, or color it in entirely, leaving one arrow as it is. Another thing that throws me are dots, some symbols are a single dot, others are three in a row, or three in the shape of a pyramid, and all of them are blends of whites. For things like that I use a dark cream colored pencil for one, leave one alone and maybe put a circle around the other. Yes, it is time consuming, and yes I have had to get real creative. But it helps so much. I get to know the chart a bit before I stitch, and I have way less problems later. Some people grid their fabric, that takes time before you can stitch but it helps them later, in placement. I don't grid, but I do high-light.
I have been doing cross stitch for over 28 years now, started before I tuned 20. I've also been doing needlepoint for about 15 years. In the past 5 or so I have taken up quilting. (I know, seems excessive, but I love them all.)
Wow, Julie! That's a lot of sewing I've always been attracted to quilting, but there's always some project I have to finish first, or I delay it because I would have to learn something new and I already know how to cross stitch and love it (I'm lazy, I know!)
Thanks for the coloring tips; I'm definitely going to do something with the chart. Otherwise I'll have to rip out every other stitch!
Purple, hm? I'll have to give that one some thought. Would certainly make the chart colorful
"Unto the breach, dear friends!" Or is it "into"? Been a really really long time since I've read "Charge of the Light Brigade." In any case, I absolutely have to finish my homework for tomorrow. Onward ho!