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Author Topic: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?  (Read 796 times)

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Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:09:56 PM »
I used to enjoy cross-stitching as a wee gremlin, I even temporarily got into (terrible) freehand stitching. I was thinking lately about getting back into it, but when (as a tester) I looked up some patterns for Pokémon, I suddenly realised I knew nothing about it o_o I always just got some pre-made material, thread, needle, and away I went.

Any tips for someone who might want to get into the hobby again?
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2017, 05:51:42 PM »
I assume from your comment you used to get kits that had everything in it and now you want to do pictures from charts only?

If that's the case  :biggrin:

  • get threads from one of the big brands (dmc, anchor or Madeira. I use dmc for preference but that's cos they're easier to get here
  • start on 14count aida cloth, the higher the number the smaller the holes
  • start with a pattern without a lot of shading.  Or back stitch ( actually, that's a personal preference as I hate back stitching even tho I know it makes the pictures look great  :P

I'll have more of a think and post again later.

Or if you have an specific question, let me know.  I've been cross stitching for about 30 years and have done a lot of different things

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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2017, 06:03:17 PM »
I started cross-stitching from a kids version (plastic grid, wool for thread) but instead of doing the picture I was supposed to, I did my own XD I was so proud that I managed to do a full moon off the top of my head! I was going for a crescent, realised the holes wouldn't let me, repeated the curve I did for the crescent and voila! Moon! I did stars, purple mountains and green grass. It's stupid, but I was so proud XD

I did pictures from a VERY simple chart, no kits. I was getting more into it when I was on holiday and insisted on buying (what I now know is) aida. Somewhere along the line I lost interest, probably around the time I was trying to be taught chain-stitching. My tutor - a family member - was left handed. I'm right. We gave up REAL quick. I did free-stitching on a piece of bleached denim since said family member was chainstitching a dragon design traced from a book cover, I did one of Lord Anubis. Never 100% finished it as I had planned to get gold thread for His belt and ... kept forgetting XD I think I have it in storage.

I am spending this evening looking up items, as I don't even know the terms. Looking at charts, I was totally confused about what exactly I was looking at. What was aida?? Thread count?? I used to stitch with the entire thread, I have to separate it?? That's why I had to post here, it was getting weird!

There's a magazine out right now (I hope ... ) that's 99p as a starter, it has some aida and thread and gives you a project. I planned to get that and have a look in sewing/knitting shops as to the cost of materials, since I don't want to start a new expensive hobby when unemployed. And when I'm REALLY bad at money and already splurging on manga/POP! figures  :(

I had planned to start off with simple outlines then go more complex, focusing on GOT and Pokémon. I kind of want to do this as a STARTER starter:



Just four colours (Black or really dark navy, white, medium blue, light blue) and no complex chart, plenty of room for error and thread colours I'll easily use again
« Last Edit: January 18, 2017, 07:50:55 PM by Lady Frostbite »
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 12:45:47 AM »
While I've spent a LOT of my childhood and much of my adulthood freehanding basic embroider, I've never done cross stitch, but always wanted to try, at least I always look at the kits xD so I would be of NO help at all.
I picked up a few small kits and stored them away for a day when I felt mildly adventurous.

I'll probably be stalking this thread for tips :p 
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 06:17:59 AM »
I also recommend getting a hoop to hold your work (if you don't have one already). It made it so much easier having the Aida pulled taut!

Edit: are there more Eevee evolution patterns? I love them :biggrin:
« Last Edit: January 19, 2017, 06:21:15 AM by dragonlady »
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2017, 03:01:27 PM »
So, I bought the magazine, got the second issue as well for the hoop ... But it turns out I don't need it for this aida, it's REALLY stiff! It's also got quite small holes so it's a challange in the dim light with dark thread, even with my microscopic vision @_@

I was going to hurry back to the closest sewing shop when out shopping, but coming into a Poundworld to get a little storage tub for threads, I came across a pack of 20 skeins of embrodary thread for Ł1! I know it won't be top quality, but I figure it was best to get lots of colours for the price of what I would have paid for 3 Anchor ones, and if I decided to lose interest, it wouldn't be a huge loss. So here's my net profit of the day!



I started the Vaporeon! I'm very rusty and it's stuff aida with small holes, it's not looking too bad for a first attempt:




I got that Vaporeon pattern randomly via Google, BirdieStitching has lots of different Eeveelution patterns but I'm sticking with my ultra-simple one for now!
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 06:05:09 PM »
Update!

So, I finished a Vaporeon!



I finished a Hallowe'en Bulbasaur for a friend's birthday. No picture, I'm afraid! Also did a 'quick' edelweiss flower.

Now this little Vaporeon sprite was supposed to be a test for metallic threads ... now, I had to split the threads since the aida is quite small and ... I refused to work with metallics if I have to split  :mad: HORROR AND TANGLES. Plus, when I was finished, I realised that it looks like I coloured it in Jolteon colours instead of just a blinged-out gold/bronze/silver Vaporeon ;^;



I'm working on a fancy Flareon piece, and I used a program to turn the Vol.1 cover of my favourite comic series into a simple, 10 colour chart so I have that to look forward to once I get the threads!
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 06:25:37 PM »
Those look great! 

I love counted cross stitch, my Mammaw was very good at needlework and I spent a lot of time with her when I was a little kid.  She also taught me how to crochet though I've forgotten how to do that.

I know the pain of metallic thread, it snags on itself so easily.

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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 08:12:03 PM »
Oh, that Vaporeon looks great!

I love cross-stitch, but I do find kits easier... I always forget to write down what I need to kit up charts myself.
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 12:57:50 PM »
Thank you everyone!  :blush: I started the Flareon piece ... but I'm working ona BIG (for me XD) project with new threads ... I'm doing a simple, 10 colour version of the Vol.1 trade of one of my favourite comic series! The writer and creator of the series knows I'm doing it and is looking forward to it!
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Re: Taking Up Cross-Stitching Again?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2017, 03:50:05 PM »
I forgot that I had this thread (heh, thread)  :blush: Here's the 'big' piece I mentioned above! The creator gave his permission, so I plan to finish this, frame it, and hopefully present it in person!


Original cover this is based from!



I used an online program to turn it into a simple large 10 colour pattern, since I didn't want to go all out on a crazy large amount of complex colours. It's shaping up nice so far!
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