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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stitch Crazy April

Cross Stitching has been dominating my stitching time.  I have two finishes and lots of progress on some of my wips. 







I have been asked about my frames and gridding on YouTube and Instagram so I thought I would post a detailed answer here. I have gone through several frames and hoops since I picked up cross stitching again.

I have tried:

1.    Qsnaps = excellent tension, easy to keep the fabric tight while stitching,
 2.   wooden scroll frames from F.A. Edmunds = did not like, cannot keep the fabric tight,
 3.   Susan Bates plastic Hooplas = works well enough, have to keep re-doing the fabric
 4.  Jennoop stand = excellent tension but very awkward to get to the back for tying off threads
 5.  Morgan no slip hoops = the absolute best hoop I have tried.

I have a Millennium frame on order and I just received a snap on frame from Pelagiya on Etsy. I will review them when I have tried them for awhile.

For gridding I recommend watching this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7HYmvJQ_TU

Stitching Mae on YouTube is the person I learned from. I use the pens she suggested, Clover and DMC water soluble or erasable marking pens. I use one of my blocking tiles to pen the fabric on as I count out the 10 stitch blocks. Mae is also the person that enabled me to try the Millennium frame.

Feel free to see my cross stitch shenanigans on You Tube.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvGjHdRFmxZrJCH3wmPuCASvYGJUkz_Vz

Someone had also asked about parking threads. This is the method I use.
http://www.scarletquince.com/parking.php

Heaven and Earth Designs is having another sale so I bought a third Aimee Stewart Chart pack, The Fantastic Voyage

1 comment:

J.D. said...

What lovely stitching you have done! Well made. I'm not a crosstitcher yet, but I hope to learn some things.