Fenny, have you ever done any of the other patterns from other sites like HEAD and Mysticstitch? if so which do you like better and why? How do they compare with SQ's patterns.....I know I love the wip's gallery pics and can see they are beautifully done...but have not done one yet...trying not to put too many irons in the fire....
Wow Fenny, simply beautiful....are you doing 2over2 on the 28ct or what? I was thinking about doing that one too....there are so many to choose from...how do you store your floss and your blended colors? how many are there...I think that is what scares me the most doing the color blending.
Yes, I have done one Mystic Stitch and am STILL working on the H and E Design from hell. (Insert apology here if this offends.) I like SQ better too. (We have discussed the merits of a few other companies somewhere else, Coffee Break I think.) In another post I mentioned that the only thing I would suggest for SQ is the grey overlap, but others mentioned they didn't like that feature. I will send Meredith a picture here soon, I promise. Finished 7th page the other day, but another commission piece came up, so I am delayed once more. Sigh.
Which one from HEAD? I'm working on Turandot and know what you mean sometimes...lol....Can you give me more info on why you like SQ more. I feel like if I am going to put this much work in a project I want it to be the best ....I will go look for the forum on Coffee Break and see what I can find...thank you for your input
Hi Tami, here is what I do, but first a question :did you ever buy a kit? if you did than you know there are those papers with punched holes, where you put the floss into.
I use this method for years, and still do.
For the SQ patterns it's quite easy, because there are mostly 7 rows of the symbols with the flossnumbers. Take thin cardboard or thick paper and punch the holes in them.Write all the symbols and numbers on the paper, or you order the flosslabes, which go with your pattern. Put all the floss by number on the table, and start row number 1, putting the floss for the first row seperatly, take the skeins I need for the first symbol, pull the thread out of the skein and cut them with the scissors and put them in the first symbol. (For both colors just the 1 thread.) and so on.
When the first row is done, I'll start with the 2d row, but on the other side of the paper.
So every row starts on top of the paper.
The skeins of the first row are put in a little plastic bag, and I write the flossnumbers on a piece of paper and that goes also into the bag, labeled 1and the same for the other rows. So can you imagine the table full with rows of floss
Made a picture, maybe then it's easier to understand instead of all this rambling .
This way works best for me, and enjoy the
preparations before the stitching. ?
Just click on the link and you'll see. Happy
I use 2 boxes. One box holds all the solids, the other all the blends (and any solids that are stitched without blending).
I use cardboard bobbins - the heavy kind. First I card 1 skein of each color of solid floss. I use the floss labels from SQ to mark the cards first.
Once my solids are wound, I put the blended labels on more blank cards and put 1 blended length of each color on the card. (you wind up with 6 blends, because the floss is 6 strand).
This way, all my blends are ready and I can stitch without having to stop and blend as I go.
For the next pattern, I plan to do the blends I need for the first page of the pattern first - rather than doing them ALL before starting the stitching.
Some nights I blend floss instead of stitching. It's still working on my project, but breaks up the monotony a bit.
I like the cases because they are heavy duty hard plastic with good locking clasps. When I travel, I know my thread is safe and dry. Plus, there's usually some space in one of the boxes to keep my needlecase and a small pair of scissors.
Hope this was interesting and not too boring... it's 4:41 am here and I am poking around on my PC instead of sleeping because I have a bad cold and can't breathe.
How other people store and manage their projects is never boring for those of us addicted to this craft. I always appreciate tips and helpful hints. In answer to the question, in case it couldn't be found in the other categories, I am stitching H and E's Narcissus. Still. (And it's only 1:50 in the morning here, but I'm always up at this time. Hope the cold gets better soon.)
Hope you'll feel better soon !!
Great idea about those boxes, do have them,though for storing my metallic floss and yarn. So will have to get some more
Julie, the H and E is pretty big, do you stitch 1 over1 , and with which fabric?