help with stitching mess...

jerseyearthMarch 28, 2008

hey all...

I am reaching out to try to figure out a messy little problem i have with stitching..

i have trouble stitching where there is a background block of stiches that another color is stitched in the middle of.

the stitches are all squeezed in and tend to look sloppy. That's why I don't like cross stitching color blend photo-like designs..i'd rather do the more traditional primitive sampler type.,

So..if i have a design that has a date stitched on top of a solid background,what is the best way to keep the stitches neat?Is it better to stitch the background first, keeping spaces for the top design-- stitch over the background? or is it better to stitch the top design first and fill in thee back? Either way my stitche come out a mess if i'm stitching a name or number against a solid background.

Thanks for any tips and advice.

pat in Jersey

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Letters and numbers are hard to do and where you start using quarter and half stitches to round the numbers out. On the background you do the corresponding quarter and half stitches.

You might also try using a hoop, some try without a hoop, and never managed to go hoopless with cross stitch because of personal tension issues.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 1:24PM
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I think I know what you're talking about, but if not, please let me know.

Sometimes when I have a project where it's kinda complicated and the colors blend in together, in order to keep it neat, I stitch using the floss that is used the least. Then, I start adding all the other colors in on top of that one. So, the floss color that is used the most is the last one and it kind of binds it all together neatly.

I hope that helps.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 4:11AM
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