As I said in another post, I am more or less a newby here.
Working on my first project, I have run into a slight problem: in order to make no mistake in counting the stitches, I have been basting my fabric into squares of 10 x 10 stitches ( hope this is clear ...
However, after stitching the basting threads are very difficult to remove, so now I am trying out a second option: marking the squares withy a -hard- pencil.
I must say, I liked the first option better if it wasnt for the difficulty in removing the basting threads....It was much more clear and the squares remained visible all the time, which makes counting much easier, while the pencil marks disappear as you are working on..
How are you, experienced stitchers, solving this problem?
I have gridded my fabric, but I pull the threads out before I get to them, within a couple of spaces - they are long enough that I can pull them over where they were to get my bearings, and when my stitching is past them, I snip them off a bit.
I have also read where a few people use clear thread, like a very light fishing line, and don't worry so much about getting it out, but I would hate to leave a piece in and it catch the light, showing a shiny spot where one shouldn't be.
There is also a marker available that fades out after a short time - I haven't used one of those, and as badly as I draw, running a thread through the actual holes is always going to be my best bet (much to the chagrin of my dad the Drafting Teacher, who was appalled at his child who couldn't draw to save her life. But I can stitch like there's no tomorrow - it all works out!)
[quote="rifestitch"]I have gridded my fabric, but I pull the threads out before I get to them, within a couple of spaces - they are long enough that I can pull them over where they were to get my bearings, and when my stitching is past them, I snip them off a bit.
Yes, that would be a solution: pulling them out before getting there...thanks!
I just saw your location -- My grandparents lived in Naarden! I used to spend summers there when I was a little girl, and it's where I learned all my needlecraft (needlepoint, cross stitch and knitting).
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