Your Questions Answered QUICK Friendly advice Q&A We asked our Facebook fans for tips on stitching on printed & patterned fabric – here’s what they said… hat do you suggest for a stocking pattern for my son? I’m not the fastest stitcher and I might struggle to finish this year – though I’d love to see his face after Santa has filled it with lots of gifts! W find it helps because you can see the contrasting colours better so you don’t miss or forget any stitches. size so I can read it clearly and so I don’t mess up the original when I cross out the stitches as I go. Great lighting is a must! And if the fabric is dark I put a white/ light-coloured fabric on my lap to help me see the holes through the top. Danielle Klaiss: I like to grid at least the central few squares with a contrasting colour to help keep track of the squares. Billie Cope: Amanda Jane Watson: I pick a point on the fabric that stands out to start stitching. It helps with placement. On my storm fabric I used the forks in the lightning as a starting point. Angela Briney, via Facebook For dark fabrics, light from underneath is really very helpful to pinpoint the holes in the fabric. Kath Clarke: Hannah E: What a wonderful surprise that would be! How about making him one of these cute mini stockings this year, designed by Rhona Norrie in issue 223 (Dec, 2014)? Originally meant for pets, they could still be a sweet stitch for your son if he’s into animals. I love printed aida. I use it all the time. I find it easier to start in the bottom-left corner and work my way up and out for the pattern to be exactly where I want it. Debbie Webb: Find us on Facebook and join in with the chat. If you’re lucky, your tip might appear here! Just log on to www.facebook.com/The WorldofCrossStitching and hit ‘like’ at the top of the page! A string of fairy lights in the circle of the hoop helps me. Helga Kral: Marilyn Curson: I always sort out my threads and make sure I start in the middle of the pattern. I also copy the pattern at twice the I like to start by stitching the darker colours of the pattern first. I Sally McGaffin: TECHNIQUE FOCUS KNOW HOW full cross stitch. Both these stitch types need to be worked on evenweave or linen type woven fabrics for the best effect, otherwise you would need to pierce the centre of an aida block which could be tricky to get the placement right, although using a crewel needle would help. Without seeing your particular chart it is difficult to say what those stitch types might be, but from your description it sounds like it could be petit point if the square is split into three individual symbols. Chart symbol layout When you come across three symbols in two squares on a chart, is this when you do ‘squashed cross stitches’? I’m doing an Eddie Stobart lorry and this appears on the chart. I’d be grateful if you could help. Q Mini stocking Fab for slower stitchers in the run-up to Christmas Norma Stocker, via email ’ve recently come across an app called Pattern Keeper – is it possible for the patterns in your mag to be available in a PDF format that can be used with the app? I This sounds like a great pattern, even though it’s tricky with the different symbol layouts. This could be a number of stitch types – squashed fractionals, petit point or a combo of both. Starting with the whole cross stitch (1) and working clockwise around this chart illustration (see right), the next stitch is a vertical squashed fractional (2), then a horizontal squashed fractional (3) and finally a petit point stitch (4). Squashed fractionals are, as the name suggests, squashed stitches. They’re not fractionals in the conventional sense – instead, they’re a squashed whole stitch, filling just half the area of a full stitch. Petit point stitches are miniature whole cross stitches, filling just of the area of a Fiona: A Julie Hunt, Facebook Hannah F: We’re afraid not as this could lead to unauthorised use and sharing of our patterns, which is against copyright law. Our mags are already available in digital format though – download our app, or you can purchase individual issues or get a digital subscription. 1 2 4 3 Chart symbol layouts Fiona breaks down what each stitch and symbol here means www.gathered.how/woxs 34 The World of Cross Stitching
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