Sunday, 16 February 2014

New purchase!

Well, I finally caved in on the Stitch and Splash Splurge weekend and bought this in the HAED sale...

Sorry it's a bit small.  You can see it better here or just enlarge on your viewer.

I downloaded it about 20 minutes ago and it's still printing out.  I think this is going to be a labour of love.  It's the first project even close to this size that I've ever purchased.  Still, a bargain at just over $12! (though the threads alone are going to seriously dent my budget for the next few years).

Can I ask for some help?  If any of my readers have ever stitched one of these charts, or are in the process of stitching one, can I ask what fabric you used and how did you get started?  I am keen to make a little progress on this one this year, but really need some help.  The chart suggests stitching on 25 count aida over 1 - is this for real?  I think 18 count is the smallest I could manage.

Grateful for any help.  Don't forget to enter my giveaway in the last post if you haven't already.  Just a note: the HAED will NOT be the stitched prize - otherwise you will be waiting until Spring 2024!

Until next time



  1. Wow Justine you're so brave!! :) This is a beautiful chart. I have started two haed, both on aida 18ct so the piece of fabric is huge... I realized soon after starting that it is not really for me... too much confetti! I feel I'm going nowhere.. I really don't want to put you off, after all we're all different stitchers. Have fun with your latest project, I'm really looking forward to see your progress :)

  2. An amazing project. An impressive one to start with in the world of HAED. Most of my HAED charts are stitched 2 over 1 on 28ct fabric using continental tent stitch. I also grid, using a fabric marker, and use the parking method. I love doing HAED's even though they are often confetti intense. The best advice I can give you is try out a few stitch types on different counts fabric, just scrap pieces if you have them, and see which count and stitch suits you. Feel free to email me if I can be of any help :)

  3. Love your new chart Justine. I am not brave enough to stitch a HAED yet. I only stitch on 14ct. Can you image how big it would be.


  4. the chart looks amazing I wouldn't be brave enough to even start one x

  5. Love that chart. I stitched my first HAED on 18ct aida, another one on 25ct lugana 1 over 1 and am now stitching 2 on 20ct aida 2 over 1. Theres not much difference between 18 and 20 ct. Just go with what your comfortable with cause your going to be stitching it for a while lol:)

  6. I'm thinking of going for a storykeep to start me off. Definitely think I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this one. Thanks for all your comments - keep them coming!

  7. My first HAED was a tiny one - one page - that I did on 18 ct. I'm working on one on 25 ct over 1 right now, and it is gorgeous, but not as much fun for me as the 18 count one was. Two suggestions... One, find a tutorial on parking your floss, it is a LIFESAVER. And, two, look into Magic Guide fabric by DMC. It already has the boxes of ten marked and I highly recommend working in boxes of 10 and crossing off your work as you do it. I have the Mini Christmas Mailbox chart in my basket to start when I finish the HAED stocking, and I'm going back to the 18 ct and doing it on Magic Guide fabric. I think Magic Guide is only sold in the UK, though, so you might have to order off of EBay. :)

    Happy Stitching!
    The Stamper's Stitches

  8. I've found that HAEDs are either a love them or hate them type of thing. I personally LOVE them. I stitch mine on 28ct 1 thread over 1. I love how delicate the little x's are. I start in the upper left corner and work blocks of 100. I use the parking method. I agree with the person who suggested trying different things to see what works best for you. HAEDs are a labor of love and should be fun. Do it however you need to do it so you enjoy it. They take awhile. I personally enjoy each x. It's the journey for me and not so much the finish. I wish you lots of luck.

  9. What a gorgeous chart you have chosen! I am stitching my dragon book keep over one on 28 and so far it seems to be ok. I am only tent stitching though and not doing full cross stitches. I don't have enough experience to offer much assistance but I am sure some of the HAED experts will be along to help!!

  10. Oh Justine! I thought we were staying strong together this weekend?! LOL

    I will just have to go buy something now! ;)

    My HAEDs I've started I have done on both 25ct and 18ct, but I have seen people do them on 14ct, they still look fantastic just HUGE!

    I got the world travel bookshelf for valentines, I love it - just not sure when I will stitch it! :)

  11. This one is lovely :) Most of mine are 1x1 on 28 ct, I don't like 25 ct 1x1 as the coverage isn't good for me and can't pull 2x1 on 28ct, gets a bit 'bumpy' - I did a try, there are some pictures on my blog. I did one HEAD on 18ct, but it was a TT and was charted for this count of fabric. It looked good :) I think the most important thing is for you to be comfortable with the fabric as it does take long to stitch a HEAD :)

  12. I am doing mine on 18 count and it's as small as I am willing to go. It looks fine to me so it's all up to what you can handle.

  13. A beautiful design, good luck with it.
    I've only ever tried one HAED design and ended up giving it away to another stitcher, I stitched over on 25ct and it was a nightmare! I've seen others stitched on 18ct and they looked much nicer.

  14. WoW!! Good luck with your Haed design, I haven't tried one yet, I do think you need to be pretty brave and patient and I don't quite fit into that category.

  15. This is such a gorgeous design. I'm not sure you'll be able to enjoy every stitch, but you know it will be worth it in the end :) Best of luck with it.

  16. I love the pictures that HAED chose to chart but not the process! To be it is more like "painting by numbers" than stitching. One of the things I really love about the designs I choose is the flow of each colour, especially when I'm stitching fabric in Mirabilia or Joan Elliott.
    I also love the geometric patterns of the samplers I stitch. But HAED are all confetti! It is nice when you follow someone stitching them and suddenly you see something recognisable appear out of the blocks!

    If you do go for it then 25 isn't too bad. I stitch over 1 on 28 alot and love it. Once you've got your eye in it really is OK.

  17. I love it! I started a HAED but stopped. I was doing it over 40ct and it just didn't work. Maybe 25ct will be easier. Lots of luck x

  18. Hi Justine,
    Good luck with your purchase! I'm also tempted by bothe large bookshelves.
    Currently I have two pieces on the go = on on Belfast (32-ct) linen and another one on Edinburgh (34-ct). It's two over two and I'm happy with my choise (I did try one over one on a larger count but I became a very unhappy stitcher = sooo tiny :-)! This maybe makes them a little bit bigger but so what!? ;-)
    I'm curious to see on which fabric you'll give it a go!
    Have fun!