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How I cross stitch

I received a comment the other day in regards to my cross stitch post.  Her questions and comments prompted me to do a full post on how I cross stitch.  Hopefully this helps you.

Starting a new cross stitch project:  I learned to cross stitch by starting in the middle and working my way out.  When I finish each color, I would cut and bury each floss before starting a new one.  This works fine with small projects that are not full coverage pieces.  With larger pieces, I tend to start on the upper left.  I have to check the measurements multiple times to make sure the project will fit (especially if I didn’t buy a kit) and start in a good place with about 3″ from the edge of the fabric (assuming I have that much available).

For projects that are not full coverage, like Mama’s Bukid, I generally bury each floss when I’m done.  But as you can see in my picture, that is not always the case.

Mama’s Bukid
12/24/2019

When I get to a spot that has a bunch of changing colors, I like to do a stitch at a time because my floss lays better on the fabric.  When I do all of color A, and then color B, there may be stitches of color B that fall within the color A section and my floss will not lay nicely.  And it distorts some of the already stitched sections that it comes in contact with.  So, it just looks nicer to me when I do it this way.  So I may pull a floss through and “park” it in the next spot I have to stitch for that color and not actually stitch it until I get to that spot. This part mimics what I do for full coverage.

I am loving working on my full coverage pieces at the moment.

 

I’ve tried various methods.  Where there is a lot of floss, I was doing something called the “waste knot” method.  This is where I knot my floss and pull it down from front to back away from where I want to actually stitch my first stitch. At my first stitch, I pull it through back to front at the bottom left hole and do the stitch.  As I stitch, the floss in the back gets covered and when I get to the part where the knot is, I can clip it off because the floss is secured in the back by the stitches.  When I finished with a floss, I pulled it to the right and brought the needle from back to front.  Again, as I stitch those little boxes, it covers the floss and when I get to the floss that I finished I clip it.

Some of the floss above is mixed in with parked floss and I mark my pattern with which ones I’ve parked so I know which I can clip and which I need to stitch.  Anyway, it looks a mess and I couldn’t stand it so I do things a little differently now and as I move down the diagonal the rat’s nest will get cleaned up bit by bit.

I stitch a row at a time for 10 stitches and I stitch on the diagonal to avoid tension lines.  Instead of starting with the waste knot method, I use a modified pin stitch.  Search you tube for pin stitch tutorials and that will show you how to do that.  It makes it so that I do not the mess in the front to clip away later and the floss is secure right from the first stitch.  I am still parking but I do not park more than 20 stitches away.  I do not rely on my counting because the further away I go, the more likely it’s not in the correct spot.  When I finish a floss I still waste it away like I did before. The difference is that I’m not wasting away to the right of my piece, I’m wasting it to the bottom left so that as I’m working the diagonal, those wastes will get clipped away.  That way, the nest is not as much as it was.

There’s a new app called Pattern Keeper that has made full coverage pieces easier to stitch.  I love it.

Another resource is The Needlebugg Channel on YouTube.  Karen has been stitching for many years and has a lot of tips and tricks.  A lot of how I’m stitching now is based on what Karen has talked about on her channel.

I hope this helps and send me more questions if you come up with any.  I hope I was clear and if not, let me know.

Thanks,

Melanie

 

2020 Crafty Plans: Cross Stitch

Last year I didn’t finish any of my cross stitch goals but I made a lot of progress on everything. So I moved my projects over to this year and added new ones.  Because I’m crazy and I am loving my stitching right now.

Mama’s Bukid – Cross Stitch Priority Project #1

Mama’s Bukid
12/24/2019

My goal for December was to finish 2.5 columns and I only got halfway.  So I do not think I’ll be finishing this in February as I had intended.  I am struggling hard with finishing this project.  Part of it was that December had a lot of events and family and friend time.  All of it was wonderful and time well spent but my cross stitch time was hurt.  And I am totally unmotivated with this project.  I have had to force myself to work on this.  It is really hard but it’s so close to finishing that I can’t stop, it’s just taking me longer.

Gamer Nouveau – Cross Stitch Project priority #2

My goal for 2019 was to finish 6 pages but I only got 2.5 pages done.  I will work on this one week a month until Bukid is done and then I can work on this two weeks a month.  I hope that this year I will be able to get 6 pages done. There are a ton of pages and I do want to get this done sooner rather than later. I started using a new app called Pattern Keeper and it has changed my stitchy life.  It has taken a lot of the struggles I’ve had working on full coverage pieces. I’m currently at 20% completed on this project.

And because I like big projects (or BAPs – Big A$$ Projects), the new cross stitch project – priority #3 is a HAED (Heaven And Earth Design) which is a full coverage piece also.  Here’s my current spot:

And here’s what it will grow up to be:

Each of those gridlines marks a page and I’m still only on page 2. I do not have a goal for this year other than working on it each month.

I’m also working on a smaller project: A kiss for Snowman

This is only about 6″ square but I’m not enjoying this project at all. I only work on it when I’m travelling. On my personal retreats I may take this with me to do some stitching.  Hopefully, this will be done soon and I can start a new small project.  I am currently in love with full coverage projects and I’ve got another one started but I rarely work on it.  I do have a lot of projects kitted up and I plan to start another 2 or 3 over the course of this year.  But, the 4 projects shown above are my top priority projects for now.

Happy new year!

Melanie

Mama’s Bukid, A Cross Stitch

This project was started in April of 2016. And at some point, I calculated how long it would take to finish this, it was like 15 years (I’m making up numbers but it was a big number).  And that was ridiculous.  I think a normal non-crafty person would probably just hide it in a bag and toss it.  But I decided to work on it more and after some time, those 15 years were cut in half to 8 years.  Then as I saw progress and started loving on it, I worked on it daily and had monthly, weekly and daily goals to finish. Next thing I know, it’s now become a real possibility to get this project finished this year!  I know…. My 15 year project could be finished this year, 3 years after starting.  On Friday night I finished page 6 which is the bottom page for this section.

1/18/2019
Finished column 13 and 14 of page 2 and 6 which means pages 2 and 6 are finished!

I unrolled the project because it’s a monumental time and it is about 20 inches long!  And, it’s about 60% complete.

1/18/2019
Finished page 6! and I’m 60% done. 

 

So how will I finish the remaining 40% this year? I have so many columns on pages 3/7 and then on pages 4/8 (which are partial pages).  So, I need to complete 2 columns per month in order to finish this project.  That’s really pushing myself and while this has been a focus project in the cross stitch part of my crafty life I haven’t regularly completed 2 columns per month. Sometimes I do it and sometimes I do not do it.  But this year, I’m going to really try hard to get this done. I broke it down to daily stitches of doing 1 box and 2 lines per day.  And when the 2 columns are done, I will move onto Gamer.

Happy Sunday, friends!

xoxo,

Melanie

 

 

 

Cross Stitch, an October update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Here’s where it is now:

10/31/18
Almost finished column 11…

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Here’s what it looks like now…

I’m through column 4 of page 5. I am working on column 5 and I’m more than halfway through a page finish.

 

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – 10/11/2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Mama’s Bukid
8/31/2018

Here’s where it is now:

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – August, 2018

Progress… When I look at these close up every day, I can see I’m making progress but it doesn’t feel like much.  But when I step away and look at it from a distance I get excited about what is coming alive under my hands.  Then when I take weekly pics, it’s even more exciting because the progress is very obvious and I’m amazed at how much I got done over a week.  That is even more obvious when I look at the monthly pics.  My last updated pics on this blog for both Mama’s Bukid and Gamer were from July 31.  Here are the pics from the end of August.  They are amazing and beautiful!  I ❤ it so much right now.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Mama’s Bukid
July 31, 2018

Here’s where it is now:

Mama’s Bukid
8/31/2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
7/31/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

My next goal for September is to finish row 8 and 9 for Mama’s Bukid and to finish pages 3 and 4 for Gamer.

Happy Sunday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – week 30, 2018

It’s been a long while since I posted an update as to where I am with my cross stitch projects.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Mama’s Bukid
4/10/2018

Here’s where it is now:

Mama’s Bukid
July 31, 2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
4/10/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
7/31/2018

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – week 15, 2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time

Mama’s Bukid
3/31/2018

Here’s where it is now:

Mama’s Bukid
4/10/2018

 

 

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
3/31/2018

 

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
4/10/2018

Happy Thursday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – week 14, 2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
3/22/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
3/31/2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

 

 

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
3/22/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
3/31/2018

Happy Thursday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – week 12, 2018

 

 

 

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
3/6/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
3/22/2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

 

 

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
3/6/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
3/22/2018

I am still enjoying this project immensely. I have to force myself to work on Mama’s Bukid. I love how Mama’s Bukid is coming out but I’m not drawn to work on it like I am Gamer.  I wrapped up all the sides of the fabric and made a grime guard.  I found a cool tutorial here. Hopefully, the link works. I found that I have a ton of fabric to smush because it’s a big piece and the grime guard didn’t keep all the fabric in.  So next time, I will make the width of the guard a bit bigger to accommodate the bunch of fabric I want it to hold. Once I’m done filling in all the pieces on this page, I will need to migrate over to the 11×11 QSnap.  I started making the grime guard for that one when I made the grime guard the 8×8 so the fabric will still be too much for this one.  But I will finish the one I started and use that for now.

Happy Thursday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie