Where Do You Start Your Work?

cherryfizzOctober 7, 2005

I start my work in the top left hand corner of the project. I count up and over from the centre stitch. I find if I do it this way if I make a mistake it is easy to find and correct and you always know where you start and finish. Many of my friends start at the centre X and when they make a mistake they have to pull out too much completed work.

Where do you put your first stitch?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I alwys start in the middle. When I first started out (eons ago lol) I started in the upper left corner also but changed my ways when I had 3/4 of a piece finished and discovered that I had started over too far and didn't have enough room for the whole piece!!!! *grrrr*


    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 4:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm such a conformist that I start in the middle, too, unless they tell me otherwise. I did one design some years ago that started out with a one-stitch border around the edge, then you fill in the picture. That was kind of nerve-wracking, counting 200=something stitches up the first long side! It came out fine, though, and would have worked just the same to start in the middle as usual! :)


    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 2:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

When I first started cross stitching, I started in the middle because that's what I read you should do. I got too mixed up that way, with too many mistakes.

Now I start in the upper left corner.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 3:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I usually start in the middle, but am working on one that suggests starting in the bottom left corner. I'm finding it much easier to start there for some reason. Might do this in the future.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 2:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I start in the upper left corner, but I always give myself alot of extra fabric just in case.


    Bookmark   December 22, 2005 at 8:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I start whereever seems right for each project. Sometimes even in the middle of a side, but usually top left. I also like to get the major colors done then fill in. I have never been one to do things the way they "should" be done.


    Bookmark   December 28, 2005 at 5:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I also would start in the middle like most patterns suggest. I would start in the middle but then move on to wherever - up, down, sideways - Not this time - I've started in the left botton corner and go straight across making sure I complete about five solid line before going on up. I got 3/4 of one done and realized I made a mistake, but can't find it. Hoepfully this will work out better. I''m hoping to finish five of one pattern for Christmas this year - it's a Dimension kit - Footprints (I carried you) - my favorite poem.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2006 at 11:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I too usually start in one corner or another, however years ago I discovered a "water soluable" blue marking pen. I draw grids on my fabric of 10 stitches each way, most patterns you find are in grids of 10. I find that almost all work must be 'hand' washed anyhow and all it takes is a damp rag to remove the water soluable ink if it doesn't. Then, as long as you have counted your grid correctly, you can begin anywhere you desire.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2006 at 5:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I always start in the lower right hand corner that way the work and the chart are closer together . This is especially true if I am doing needlepoint; that way I can turn the work around half way up and turn the chart around and work the rest of the design upsidedown.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 11:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Dear CherryFizz,

I start in the center of my work. If it is a large project, like a rug I start with the border.

Cheryl Branche

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 1:33PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Stitching magazines?
Hi, everyone! I'm looking for recommendations for stitching...
songbird bell pull pattern
I've just finished a butterfly bell pull and would...
Rug Hookers
I'm looking for advice on rug hooking-anyone?
Needlepoint help
I need some help! I have a canvas that has no stitch...
popcorn chart / tatty teddy exchange suzys zoo
i have quite a few popcorn charts and taty teddy charts...
Sponsored Products
Justice Design Group WGL-8579 - Victoria 1 Light Wall Sconce (Tall) - Cylinder w
$290.00 | Hayneedle
Princeton Mobile File
Coravin 1000 Wine Access System
$299.00 | FRONTGATE
Varaluz | The Whole Package 6 Light Chandelier
$569.00 | YLighting
Cherry Bluemist Jewelry Box
Joseph 22-Inch Orange Sunburst Decorative Pillows, Set of 2
$100.95 | Bellacor
Loft Magnolia Shoe Storage Bench
$329.99 | zulily
Crestview Collection Biking Rustic Bronze Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™