Monday, January 21, 2013

The Beginning

Your response to A Halted Start several days ago was a very clear reminder of why this blogging thing we do is so meaningful. In the midst of my trepidation about starting on my Woodlands Sampler, your words of encouragement and good advice were downright uplifting. And it got me to the store, where I picked up appropriate needles, plus plastic floss bobbins and an organizer ring. Today, I stitched some markers, per Gnomeangel, though I admit even with reading glasses, it was a struggle for me to count the threads. I may be in for a workout.
But I was able to confirm from the many comments on that post that for linen or 28ct. evenweave, which I have discovered is what I am actually working with, you do stitch over 2 threads. That in itself was such a relief.

Several of you suggested taking a look at this post by Posie gets cozy, which I did find very helpful, and will definitely be referring back to. And Patricia of Tapestry of Dreams was oh-so-heartening, and went on to post on the basics {here and here}, which again, set me in the right direction, feeling more confident indeed. To start, I'm using a size 24 needle, and so far, I have found stitching in hand is working just fine for me.

Anyway, thank you for all the tips and opinions and such! It encouraged me greatly and got me going!

10 comments:

Katie B said...

I'll be referring to these links when I get started. Just waiting on my floss!

Carla said...

You will probably settle into a comforting rhythm before long!

capitolaquilter said...

blogging is so wonderful that way - a wealth of information and encouragement. you are so good about giving it that I'm glad it came back around when you needed it.

Celtic Thistle said...

That is great Deb, isn't blogland a wonderful place when you are stuck?

Tabatha said...

I've started a number of cross stitch patterns but without fail, manage to screw them up, then I drop the project. I'm sure you'll have better luck! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Leanne said...

You are off to a good start now!

Jacey said...

hooray! cross-stitch is so fun, and the results are always happy! Sounds like you got some great advice!

Angela Bullard said...

The small count cloth makes me go somewhat cross eyed so for my woodland sampler I bought 7 count and I'm loving it! It goes so much quicker and its a LOT easier to see what your doing. I'm mpressed your able to use the 28ct!

Kelli said...

I haven't started still...trying to make real progress on my sweater before I start another "at night" project. That's what I call handwork that I do at night watching TV with Chris. Glad to see you off to a good start.

Marci Girl said...

I'm not even going to lie, looking at your super tiny stitches makes my eyes hurt, I know the finished look is beautiful, but oh my goodness to get there! Good luck!