Tuesday, 27 January 2015

HAED help!

Hi everyone

I've been in a HAED mood this week. I've seen lots of gorgeous ones on various blogs and it's made me want to pick mine up again.

In case you haven't seen it before, it's this one.
Mini Christmas Mailbox by Ruth Sanderson

I'm working on 25 count magic guide aida. Initially I started 1 over 1 full crosses but then unpicked and went for 2 over 1 tent stitch. I've put about 800 stitches in so far but am not happy with the way my threads are lying. What do you think?


I was working in hand but have switched now to my Millennium Frame which I think is making a difference. I'm just not sure it's neat!

What do you think? Am I worrying unnecessarily and it will all look great when finished and framed? Or should I unpick again?

Please be honest and if you have any tips for working on this size of project or stitching tent stitch I'd be very grateful!

Thank you

Justine

20 comments:

  1. I think it looks great. There are a couple of snags here and there but the piece is so big nobody is going to notice unless they know what they're looking for.

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  2. I think it looks okay, and this is the upper left hand corner anyway, right? I think you'll get in the swing of things and be happy with how the threads are lying soon enough, and it will not be obvious if you had a bumpy start (although even now nothing jumps out at me as an issue).

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  3. I've heard a rumor that railroading your stitches helps them lay better but I haven't tried it myself See here for an example: http://cross-stitch.livejournal.com/788263.html

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  4. Yes roadrail works, I do it with full crosses but never tried with the tent stitch. You should give a try, you have nothing to lose. And as other people say, since it's your upper left, nobody will notice the little bumps (Unless you tell them ) ;)

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  5. The pattern is lovely. I only stitch full crosses so unfortunately I'm of no help. :-(

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  6. I think it looks fine Justine. It is such a large design, nobody is going to notice. Plus it will be stretched some when framed.

    Linda

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  7. It looks good to me. I haven't tent stitched before so I'm not to sure.

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  8. I can't see anything wrong there Justine! As has been mentioned you could try rail-roading but I wouldn't rip and restart to do that! And as Linda mentioned...it'll be stretched when you frame :) Can't believe you started over !!

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  9. It looks good to me. I too have had questions about my HAED this week. I was tempted to take out over 3000 stitches and start over. But I think after taking a break this afternoon and after getting some second opinions I have decided to just keep going.

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  10. Looks good to me , but if you are unhappy stop now, and change because you will go so far and won't want to pick it up , I know i have been there and if I am unhappy I make a change and start again. Hugs

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  11. It's looking really great! I think you are smart to stitch tent stitch. And using 2 over 1 looks to be great coverage. I was wondering if you only needed 1 over 1 but what your doing looks great from your photo. And looks like your not pulling your thread too tight where it can all pull to the right. Your doing great! love Annette
    but you need to be happy!!!

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  12. It looks fine to me. Can I ask what type of tent stitch you are using. I normally use continental which I find gives better coverage. Also I have tried railroading on full cross stitch projects and it does work well however I don't use it on HAED as I find the stitches are too small but it might be worth a try.

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  13. Justine, if it makes you feel better, I feel exactly the same way about my full cross start on that HAED. That pink just doesn't seem to look "nice". But I honestly think that it is just the color and that it will all start to blend in as we do more of it, and will just look like sky. : ) I wouldn't undo it! : )

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  14. It looks slightly funky to me, but you have to zoom in to see that. I think getting the tension of your frame will help with your stitches, and that this section isn't going to be noticeable in the long term.

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  15. It looks lovely to me Justine xx

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  16. Most important you have to be happy. This piece will take a long time so you need to be happy with it or it will drive ya crazy. I have never done tent stitch so I don't know how to help. I do railroad my stitches and find that it helps a lot. I also agree with Mrs GraceWorks. Sometimes that thread just refuses to look "pretty".

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  17. Sorry I can't help much. I'm not very familiar with how the tent stitch should look. It does look like several folks have helped you.

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  18. Like everyone else, I would say railroading. I think what you've done looks fine though, don't pick it out~ If you're patient (and really really unhappy with what you've done), I'd start with railroading. I always find I have to stitch exxxxtraaaaaa sllllllooooooooooow to get a proper railroad. So I take the twists as personality in a piece. :B Plus it may just be that particular floss. Some have weird personality traits of their own.

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  19. How funny, I'm in the mood to start one of my HAED!!! :)
    I initially started mine full crosses with 2 threads and realised it was not going to work when confetti will make an appearance... so, decided to go for half stitch (tent stitch) with 2 threads.
    I personally think stitching looks neater if you use a frame or hoop as it keeps the tension even. Railroads would help too for a neat look.
    To be honest, the piece will be so big, I don't think we are going to see this.
    Don't unpick and carry on... Think of me I'll probably join you ;) xx

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