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Re: Just starting.
Posted by Carrie on November 27, 2009, 7:25 am, in reply to "Just starting."
Starting in the center is best, because as long as you measured your fabric correctly you know the design will come out ok. If you start at the top left corner (some people do) then you have to be very sure that your fabric is large enough and that you have have left enough of a margin at the top for framing, while not leaving too much margin so that you run out when your stitching reaches the bottom! Most charts have a grid printed in heavier lines that is at the ten stitches mark across and up and down. This is just so you can easily count how many stitches high/wide the design is, and to aid in counting when working from one area to another. That is really all it is there for, you don't work each ten by ten area at a time. I guess you could if you were really bad at counting, but it would waste a lot of floss that way and involve a LOT of color changes. Generally you start in the middle of the pattern and find a good area to begin. It doesn't have to be the exact center square. Find something in that general area that would be a good starting off point, and begin. Then work your way outward. Try to work so that when you start each color it is touching an area you already stitched. That way you know you are doing it in the right spot. If you do an area of blue, for instance, and then there is more of that same blue a ways off, don't do it until you have stitched all of the areas in between. It can be tempting to continue with the same color, but if you miscalculate even by one stitch, your project will be all messed up. Hope this helps!
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