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This is a small part of the stocking pattern, I am cross-stitching for my grandson. As you can see there is a lot of stitching covering the stocking and a great deal of the chart is small and hard to read. I hope to have it done by Christmas. If so I will post a photo of the finished project.

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jals

Thanks Merrie!
She is my favorite actress of all time!

ha ha ha...Judy, I love your Lucy icon!

foxymoron

G'day, Merrie! Isn't Jigidi great that wherever we live in the world we can chat about things that interest us and inspire us. We can learn so much!
@mble111911

jals

You are welcome Merrie, and thanks for stopping by! I love to stitch but don't like being under the time constraint.

Wow all this talk about unfinished cross stitch is making me think about digging some of mine out. I dislike the circular frames as they tend to stretch the fabric. Unless I am making a very large piece, I don't use a frame at all. I found that I held the fabric well enough just in hand to keep it straight--then I saw an illustration of how to hold linen fabric while working it and realized I was doing almost the same thing with regular Aida cloth. When doing a large piece I use the scroll frame.
I love the term 'wombats'. I am sure I have some of them around also. :-)
I like to enlarge the patterns and use the metal plate and magnetic line marker. I will try the idea of putting it into plastic to save it from wear. So many good ideas here--thanks Judy and Isabel and Foxy!!
Merrie

jals

Isabel, I am going to look at your projects, thanks for letting me know you've posted some. I too, use the magnet and metal plate. It is a lifesaver, I put the plate under the pattern and slip them both in a plastic sleeve, and then put the magnet on the outside of the plastic sleeve. Works great. Lines are very hard to get out, I agree. I've heard you can put some things in a freezer for a day or two to help get rid of them.

IsabelFulton

I posted a couple of my cross stitch projects.. I have some Marty Bell kits with over 200 colors and those I have to enlarge as some of the key codes are so similar that it's easy to make a mistake.
Jals I too highlight the area I have worked on with yellow so not to get lost. The best thing I ever bought is a 10 x 12 inch thin metal plate that came with strips of magnetic tape that really helps you keep the key flat and helps you underline the area you are working on. I don't care for hoops as they crease and damage the fabric. Big kits that come with the fabric folded at times is very hard to remove the fold lines, even with a steam iron and the fabric between a towel. As soon as I buy a kit I take the fabric out and roll it on a empty paper towel roll.

jals

Oh, I'm sure I have some of those lying around, too. lol

foxymoron

UFOs are fine - just don't allow them to become wombats..

Waste Of Money Brains And Time :-)))

jals

ha ha Chrissie! We all have those UFO's.

Thanks Donna!

foxymoron

Yes, that is what they are, Judy. I have a large one and a couple of smaller ones. I tried a Q Snap one but I didn't take to it. Also used hoops but they can stretch and distort the piece if you are not careful. This thread (pardon the dreadful pun!) reminds me I have two identical pieces in progress - Splendid Fairy Wrens on linen. Must dig them out and finish them! After I make some more puzzle art, finish work on a polymer clay piece... ☺
@IsabelFulton thanks for the tips too!

pasta

Good luck!!! :)

jals

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jals

Chrissie,
Are those called scroll frames? I think I have one, but never got into using it. The Q snaps are easy to take off and move to another area.

Isabel,
I thank you for your tips. I have the pattern in a clear plastic sleeve so I protect both the pattern and the key which is on the same page as the pattern. I had copied this portion off on the printer, so I could color in the squares as I worked them because there were so many different colors in this one area and I was losing my place.

Both of your interest is giving me motivation to continue. Thanks Ladies!!

IsabelFulton

I do lots of cross stitching and I scan the key and save as a PDF, the PDF on the computer screen can be enlarged. Or if you have a tablet/iPad enlarge it there..you also don't ruin the key by handling a lot.

foxymoron

Looks like you have things sorted to your best advantage, Judy. Enjoy the process. Your grandson may think all his Christmases have come at once :-)

I use one of the old style wooden frames where the piece attaches to two rollers which are wound to one end as work progresses.

jals

I am using those Q-frames, at least I think that's the name of them. Plastic tubes that snap together and then have plastic clamps over the fabric. I am using a magnifying glass for the very small 1/4 and 1/2 stitches. I also have a pair of glasses my eye doctor had made for me just for stitching. I couldn't get ordinary reading glasses at the store, like my husband does, because I have astigmatism.

foxymoron

That's a mighty large project, Judy! Is it possible to enlarge different sections of the pattern as you work your way through it? Are you using a frame?