At the beginning of the month I wrote about undertaking the Frosted Pumpkin Woodland Sampler for 2013. Since then I’ve been out and grabbed the supplies (Thank You Christmas Spotlight gift voucher!) and made a start. I’m not a young as I used to be (say it ain’t so!) so my eye sight isn’t as good and I’m easily distracted by this cute little monster that now lives in our house.
With everything going on around me (and my body failing me) I found myself constantly losing my place while stitching. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with a way to help myself stay on track and not under or over stitch.
I put in stitch markers at every 10th stitching hole. (Don’t you just love all my technical terms!) I used a water soluable fabric pen to help me mark and count out the stitches and then I put a little cross stitch in at the 10th spot.
(I put the markers in what will be the margin of the fabric so that when it’s framed or incorporated into a sewing project I won’t be able to see where the markers once were.) Because of where the pen in I’ll be able to wash it off without running the risk of ruining the design.
When I’m done with the pattern I’ll just remove the markers and hey presto – done.
I also made the decision to use 18ct Aida instead of linen. I just knew that my eyesight and the fact that I’d be putting down and picking up the piece constantly would make it harder for me if I used linen. I’m really liking the choice, but I think even 18ct might be a little too small for my eyes. (Thinking might be time to go get my eyes tested again!)
I’m not the only one coming up with ways to mark out their stitches either. The fabulous (Mrs) @RollinginFabric shared this trick via Instagram:
Image source: b_fab on Instagram
I love the look of the pinheads on the fabric (reminds me of a costume from Elizabeth) I am way to clumsy for this approach. (Guarantee that all of those pins will have lodge themselves into my fleshy extremities before the first frame was finished being stitched!)
When I posted my work on Instagram I had a couple of people ask me about the stitch marking and whether I had any tutorial on it. I didn’t (this is it) so I thought I would have a look on the trusty interwebs to see what other people recommend. I came up with the following links:
- Tapestry and Linen: This one is really basic, but gives an overview of the principle.
- Scarlet Quince – Gridding: this one is really handy (a little more work than I’d like, but a good one to look at)
There’s surprisingly not that many out there with images. I’d love to know if you have any hints, tips or links that I can share with others.
My Woodland stitching is coming along. I managed to get a lot done in one season of Downton Abbey, but I haven’t really done much since then. I’ve been bouncing around getting other things in the house sorted.
How’s your stitching coming along?