Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Don't know about this . . .

I tried stitching 1 over 1 on 28 count Jobelan last night - I don't know if I am going to be able to do this? The stitches are very small and very difficult to see especially since it is also black floss . . . I have only done one row (80 stitches) and think I give try another few lines before I make my final decision . . . but I have my doubts. If I do decide to go to Aida or a lower count fabric (or even over two) it is going to make this girl enormous!


  1. Hi Chrizette, popped over so say quick hello to you. Good luck with the stitching 1 over 1 on 28 count. You are a brave girl! Regards Ronel (Blouberg, Cape Town)

  2. Hi Chrizette, I'm new to your blog but have enjoyed seeing your stitching and of course Spud. I also tried 1 x 1 on 28 count but found I like stitching with two threads not one. So I switched to 18 count Aida and look forward to stitching on my Morhgana le fey every night. I've committed myself to stitching at least 2 needles of thread each night. I love both of the charts you have chosen and look forward to your progress.

  3. Hi
    It usually helps to pop a white towel or sheet onto your lamp as this will help you to see the holes a little easier. Good luck and hung in there. Love Michelle x

  4. Only problem with doing it over two or on aida is that your design will be twice the size. So instead of a 5X7 finish when it is over 1 you will have a 10x14 finish if it's over 2 or 14 ct aida.

    Over one does need a looser tension or you can "lose" the stitch but if you take your time it can be done. Also are you using one strand of floss or two? If stitching over 1 you should use 1 strand. That might help too.

  5. Hi Chrizette! I hope you manage with your HAED! Shay's suggestion is really good if you can't manage 1 over 1 - a 18ct Aida will be equivalent to a 36ct evenweave stitched 2 over 2. It might be a good idea to work out what your fabric size will be then.

    I am going to stitch my Scheherazade 2 over 2 - I think it will be more enjoyable for me that way.

    The idea of a mini SAL is great - it will keep us motivated for longer (I hope)!

    Happy Stitching :)

  6. Chrizette, 1 over 1 on 28ct is a bit hard to see. I always work with a magnifying glass on that type of work. I have a magnifying lamp that clips on to the table or I wear +2 magnifying glasses...the kind you buy in book or drug stores. It really helps. You may also want to look into doing a tent stitch on a HAED. Basically it's half a cross stitch. So you'd just go //// instead of XXX. If you try that, it takes a bit to get used to, but goes really fast. I'd use 2 threads on a 28ct tent stitch.

  7. Thank you for all your comments - much appreciated!


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