Or should I say Heaven and Earth? That’s the name of the design company from which I bought my most recent cross stitch chart and spoke so passionately about in episode #71. Talk about instantaneous gratification too! I paid for the chart with my PayPal account, then downloaded the PDF file to my GoodReader app on my iPad. Because this chart is an all-over design, it’s presented in “pages”. As I stitch each ten-stitch by ten-stitch grid on the page, I have the ability to highlight each stitch completed in a chosen color, and with another color, I can highlight where I’ve “parked” my thread in the next ten-stitch by ten-stitch grid. My favorite part is the ability to pinch my iPad screen and enlarge as much of the chart as I want. SCORE!
Here’s an example of both the grids and how the threads are parked:
The photo below shows my first completed grid! I chose to use a mechanical pencil to lightly mark my grid, instead of stitching it with fine fishing line. Most of the marks will be covered up by stitching. The remaining lines will be carefully erased, and the rest will surely disappear with a gentle washing after the stitching is completed.
This type of cross stitching blew me away. The designs are stunning, intense and so gratifying to stitch up. But….I had to let go of some of my died-in-the-wool cross stitching rules. I’ve always stitched as though the back was just as important as the front. I wanted it to look neat. Stitching by grid and parking my threads, meant that a neat back was impossible. In the linked video below, Carolyn Mazzeo gives an excellent tutorial on how she parks her threads. When she mentions that she doesn’t carry her threads more that twenty-five stitches on the back of her work, my eyes bugged outta my head lol! I was uncomfortable carrying my thread more than THREE stitches! I’ve actually been freed….whether I complete each stitch individually or stitch multiple stitches in a row of a particular color (cross country stitching), it all works!
Here is Carolyn Mazzeo’s video on her parking technique from her YouTube channel. Thanks to her excellent tutorials and inspiring works of art, here’s the design I bought and am stitching now. She’s a mini chart-225 stitches by 337 stitches, called Mini Andromeda.
I’d loooove to hear what you think. Would you like to give an all-over crossed stitch design a try? I’ll keep you apprised of my progress. Wish me luck!
Hugs and happy stitching,
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