Friday, February 19, 2016

Seminar 2016: Fandango Pre-work

I finally received my kit :) Our teacher Barbara Kershaw emailed me last Monday saying my kit was shipped Friday. Luckily I didn't have this information over the weekend or I would have expired from impatience ;) It was hard to finish my work day as it was as I knew this would be waiting for me at home.

The kit came with the fabric and one ball of #8 perle cotton with instructions for basting the fabric and the pre-work we were expected to do.

I used my usual basting threads which is light pink. It's probably not a good color choice against that white, but it works for me.

I usually baste the fabric 12 threads over and 8 threads under, but for this class we were shown how to baste over and under 2 threads. This works much faster than my methods. There is little chance of making counting mistakes while basting. We add small notches at after 5 lines which indicates 10 threads and a bigger notch after we'd done 10 of these indicating 100 threads.

Counting becomes much easier and I was ready to move onto the next step. I quickly realized there was a problem. I had basted my fabric the same way they do it in hardanger, where the horizontal and vertical lines cross on the underside of the fabric, which meant I had an extra thread on either side of my center.

Luckily my teacher was one email away and I was able to get clarification on the instructions. When using this basting instructions, the horizontal and vertical lines should cross at the center.

Not a big deal. I'm so anal about counting and re-counting, I'm not worried about the extra thread. Plus, once the center square is stitched everything else is counted from it and not the center. So I moved onto the next step. The final prep-work that was needed to be done was a square around the center which would be used as a guide to stitch the center square.

And the fun can begin :) I love satin stitching. I'm going to enjoy working on this project in the next months.


  1. This is going to be so exciting! I'm really looking forward to following your progress.
    I have to say, I'm really not into prep work, I like to dive straight in. I hate even ironing the fabric before I start!

  2. You just taught me something and I was so unprepared to learn!! Thank you, I cannot wait to watch this project progress.

  3. This is looking beautiful. Whose 2016 seminar is this for? I can't find it on the ANG seminar web page. Thanks.

  4. Looks like a good start already. Looking forward to your progress on this.

  5. Amazing start! I'll be looking forward to see your new white work progress.