Monday, July 14, 2014

Corners Done

In my last post I was having trouble stitching Picots and realized that the Q-snap I was using wasn't helping me. So I switched to a smaller Q-snap and it was much easier to work with, but then decided to get a wooden hoop to see what all the fuss is about (I can never get over my fear that placing a frame over stitches won't affect them).

It was actually pure coincidence that I noticed these Elbesee wooden hoops at Club Tissus and they were having a special that day. So I decided to get the hoop and some binding tape (sold by the meter) and try out this tutorial I saw on Mary Corbet's website.

It turned out quiet well and I was able to use it on my Hardanger piece and it didn't affect my stitches :) I think I should be more trusting of others experiences. This doesn't mean I'll stop using my frames when I'm doing cross stitch, but I think I'll be comfortable now to use it for Hardanger.

Here is my current update. I finished all four corners. I'm not a 100% happy with my Picots, I can't get them to lay well (maybe ironing will help?), and my Greek Crosses are not all the same size (not sure how that happened). Other than that I'm very happy with the piece. I've already cut the fabric to start stitching the sides. The next new stitch to learn is the Spider Web filling stitch.

Close up

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on getting the corners done!

    In the last few years I've learnt its okay to resort to a hoop. I've been an in hand stitcher for many years but sometimes you just need that lovely tension the hoop puts on the fabric.