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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Post for Julie H.

I am a novice counted cross-stitcher beginning my journey with the Dora Sanger Sampler.
Here is a picture
of my Sampler so far. I have done the complete outer border and the border for the alphabet segment. And...(phew!) the letter "a".   
I have found that the straight line cross stitch gets easier as I go--but  finding where to start each alphabet letter is much more difficult. 
I wondered if any of you do any kind of marking (thread, dots, etc) to enable you to quickly find where things start?  I notice the chart has every 10 stitches marked with a heavier line--I ask because when I did needlepoint (years ago!) I used to mark my canvas with horizontal and vertical lines to make the counting easier. Since needlepoint yarn is pretty thick, those marks got covered by the stitching.
Hopefully, I'll have a lot more to show you on my next post. I am thoroughly enjoying this new stitchery. 
Hugs, Julierose


Margaret said...

Hi Julierose. Your Dorothy looks great! I've never marked my sampler with basting stitches, but I believe some do. If it makes you more confortable, I say go for it. You can always remove the stitches after you are done. As time goes on, you might find it gets easier to find where to put the next stitch. Have fun!

Cheri said...

Good start, I am also a beginner with samplers, especially on linen. (Cross stitched years and years ago). Once you get a few more letters done you will have some landmarks to count from. Marsha gave me the tip to run a basting stitch down the center with a metalic thread because it pulls out easily if you cross stitch over it. That has worked well for me.

Silkstitcher said...

Julierose I went to the website and looked at your sampler, it looks like there is just one square, or one stitch overvtwo threads, on your chart between the a and the b. The heavy lines on your chart make a square with 10 horizontal spaces and 10 vertical spaces, making 100 stitches in the square or grid as we call it in cross stitch. Since we normally stitch over two linen threads, that grid really has 50 stitches. Each tiny square inside the heavy-lined grid is equal to one stitch over 2. Take your needle and count over from the bottom right point of your 'a'. If it is one tiny square , you will count over two threads to start your 'b' at the bottom. If there are two tiny squares, you will count over 4 threads, which using our over two rule is 2 stitches. I hope this helps you. I taught myself to cross stitch about 25 years ago. I have never basted, but if it is helpful to you, you should try it. The most important rule in cross stitch is to count over, count down , count up and yes, sometimes count diagonally. Counting is the most important thing in counted cross stitch! We can never count enough. Good luck! Do you have an iPhone or iPad? If you do, I might be able to send you some pictures to help you. What ct of linen are you using?

Nicola said...

Well done with your start. I sometime use a basting line on certain projects. If it helps you then do so.

Julierose said...

Thank you all for your comments. Silkstitcher--it is 30 ct linen and I appreciate all of your instructions. (I certainly can use them!) I will post a "close-up" of the letter "a" next time and my stab (LOL) at making the others...hugs Julierose

Fiona said...

Great start, I don't mark for samplers but I have but grid lines on a HAED. You should do whatever makes you comfortable.

Vera said...

Welcome to the group! I, too, don't baste on samplers...for some reason my eyes just "see" where to go (when I first started stitching on aida that was not the case...and still is not -- my eyes seem to "jump" when looking at aida). The only piece I have basted on is a HUGE piece with lots of cutwork and drawn thread. White on white...needed a little colour to help me LOL. If the basting thread helps you, definitely use it.

PoundingSand said...

Hi Julierose - I use a few basting threads as a landmark. I always run one vertically down the center. After that, it depends on the project. My Random Motif project has no borders and I started in the center, so it also has a horizontal center line.

Once in awhile I will park a needle or pin as a short-term marker, usually to tell me where to stop satin stitching in relation to another motif. (I don't leave them after I finish my stitching session, so they don't have time to leave marks.)

Good luck - it should get easier as you go!