But I digress, I'm sure things will settle down, and my last 2 weeks will fly by, In fact it's 3 weeks today and we will be traveling to Christchurch, we should have just got off the ferry crossing and be starting the last leg of our/my trip home.
Summer is nearly done, I had a good session on Friday whilst my work friend was here and we had another movie marathon, this time it was a Final Destinationathon! Was Awesome!
So here is Summer, all she needs now are her beads, and I will get those in on the weekend.
|"Summer" Before Beads|
|"Pearl" After 2 Evenings|
I received a Lovely Email from Bianca, She asked some questions about my HAED Stitching so I thought I would answer them here, so they can help everyone.
So Bianca said she had been doing some research online and found lots of information and some of it conflicting. So this is how I see it -
With what we do as a craft, I really don't think there is any "right" or "wrong" way to do things, Although there are things to make things easier, and the biggest thing is to do what suits you best.
So Bianca Asked "do you have a preferred fabric type, count?" I do have a favorite and its 18cnt Antique White, for the simple reason I like the size, I like the way the stitches lie, and I like the way that it still shows plenty of detail. I think you loose some detail a little with a lower count, it becomes pixilated. The best advise for this is to get some different counts and play around, 1 thread, 2 threads, tent full stitches and do it on all counts, but don't just do 1 or 2 stitches, do at least a couple of 10x10 blocks, remember that HAED's are very densely stitched so you have to be comfortable with what you are working with.
"How many threads to you stitch with? Over one? Over two?" When I use 18cnt I always use 2 over 1, Its not to bulky and when you stitch with black it has great coverage.
"it doesn't look like you do pre-gridding, but I was wondering your thoughts on that as well" OK gridding, I have never gridded anything I have stitched, I use the motto my Aunt taught me, "Count Twice, Stitch Once" Although Sometimes Late at night I count thrice. Some people swear by gridding and that its help especially if you are doing HAED's. like the above it doesn't work for me.
I think my last thought on this for now, that you have to do what feels right for you, and that starts with chooseing the right chart, You will be looking at the same picture for a long time so you need to love what you are looking at, needle, thread, fabric size etc.
I really hope that helped, if anyone has any other questions ask, and I can only but try to help!
Right onto the other Project that I am going to be starting soon.
Most of you will have seen the lovely "Mermaids" that Tracey stitches.
She has done the most wonderful conversion for "Mermaids of the Deep Blue"
I hope you all have a fantastic week!
Happy Stitching All!