I have just finished looking at everybodys projects for IHSW and I am in shock and awe.
Awe at the amazing projects people are working on and the brilliant results of a stitching weekend and shock at what a real stitching hermit I am!
What I mean by this is that, when is comes to cross stitching, I have realised I have pretty much been keeping myself to myself and hermitting away under a rock somwhere.
Why do I think this?
Well - I have been stitching since forever (about 30 years!!!!!) and it has never occurred to me in all that time (and I mean EVER) to mark the fabric with gridlines! Seriously, I saw some peoples work with the lines on and at first I was thinking it was waste canvas (that sometimes has blue lines on) and then I realised that the lines were there to guide the stitcher and make it less likely that they will go wrong. It makes sense, and is such a logical thing and yet it has never occurred to me - why not? It does explain why I always have to unpick some part of every design and why there are always parts in it that I have made work (that arent exactly true to the original). I like to call this artistic license but I guess it could also be fraud! lol
It also occurred to me that I am a messy stitcher - I saw bloggers who work page by page on large designs, and dont veer from it, some also have lots of threads threaded? I know it is a technique but am not completely sure how its done maybe Sara (xeihua) (my first ever follower) can enlighten me as to how its done.
WARNING: Pefectionist stitchers may feel slightly nauseous when reading the following. Do so at your peril.
This is my process:
Step 1: Get the fabric cut to size
Step 2: Sort out the threads and see which ones you have and which colours you can use instead and which you really cant and need to buy.
Step 3: Keep the work in a separate container to everything else (I am not consistent either, I have a variety of WIP holders)
Step 4: Find the centre of the picture and the fabric. For some reason I always start in the middle.
Step 5: Start stitching. Stitch with this colour until all parts that colour are stitched or until I get bored and fancy using a different colour.
Step 6: Choose a different colour and stitch. Repeat as above.
Step 7: Fill in all the gaps!!
Step 8: Do the backstitch.
I feel slightly ashamed and should seriously change the blog name to something more suitable, such as 'how the hell this womans stitching doesnt come out looking like an inkblot, squashed bug or something, I do not know! Island'.
I would love to know your methods! Maybe I could pick up some new habits, you never know I could have untapped potential! lol
I feel so bad - 30 years of messy stitching - there are many perfectionists out there who praise the joys of cross-stitch because it is so neat and counted and .......I feel so bad :(
I nearly forgot to mention - I dont properly or even understand a stitch-a-long, what are the rules? Also, what is an exchange? and are some like or similar to round robins? Like I said, I have been stitching under a rock. Please help me understand this strange new world :)
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