For those of you who have cross-stitched, can you answer three questions for me:
- If a pattern calls for 28 count Aida, with two threads over two stitches, how much difference would it make if I used 14 count Aida and worked two threads over one stitch? I understand if there are half or quarter stitches, the 28 count would be easier, but for my first piece, I can’t find 28 count locally, but I can find 14 count, and I want to get get started on something.
- If it’s a series of 5 little pieces, and I do one or two of them on 14 count, then I find 28 count and do the last three on that, will it be obvious on the finished pieces? If I find the 28 count, I’m probably going to do it just to see the difference in how I like stitching 2 over 2 vs. 2 over 1 and to see if I can see a difference but I’m wondering what you’ve found.
- Since I don’t have a huge selection of colors on hand, if I’m cross-stitching a piece and come to a color I don’t have and I leave that little area unstitched, go back and stitch it when I get the right color, is that going to be obvious. Say I’m doing a tree and there are four greens. I have three of those greens but not the fourth so I leave several areas of about 6 or 8 stitches unstitched and go back and do those later, is that fourth color going to look more like a “patch” on the tree instead of tree with several shades? Is there not going to be a smooth transition from color to color? I started thinking about this because I was reading something where someone had stitched windows. Say it was 5 x 5 stitches for the window panes, then when they went back and added all the “wood trim” later, it looked like that sat on top of the windows (as it would in real life) instead of just being a different color across the piece. Another example that popped into my head – if I were stitching a brown dog and he has a green collar. If I stitch each green stitch as I come to it, will it look different if I stitch the entire dog, leaving the collar unstitched, then go back and fill in the collar stitches?