When I first started cross stitching . . back in November maybe (I can’t remember), I liked it but I didn’t love it. I kept reading how relaxing it was and honestly, it felt quite frustrating to me. Several months later, I do find it relaxing. I love it and I know not to start cross stitching til everything else I need to get done for the day is done. If you’ve tried it and didn’t like it, maybe give it a bit longer or . . maybe not. There’s nothing wrong with not liking it and knowing when to walk away.
The first piece of linen I used was 28 count and I thought those holes were so small that I’d never figure out where to make my stitch. Then I moved up to 30 and 32 count . . not much different. 40 count is different but I love it. I am using a good magnifying lamp and that makes a huge difference.
Here are my questions:
#1: Do you prefer aida or linen and why?
#2: What count fabric do you prefer and why?
#3: How do you start and stop? Pin stitch? Going through threads on the back? Other?
#4: Do you wash or soak your piece when you’re finished stitching? Even if you’ve used overdyed floss?
#5: Which brand of needle do you prefer and why?
#6: Do you prefer paper charts or pdf?
Here are my answers:
#1: It doesn’t really matter. If using aida, I prefer hand dyed because it isn’t so stiff but since I also prefer higher count (36 or 40), I’m mostly ordering linen.
#2: My preference is 36 or 40 count. I haven’t used anything smaller than 40 but I love being able to use a single strand of floss.
#3: I still don’t trust my pin stitch starts/stops but that’s my preferred method.
#4: I have not washed or soaked anything yet and am probably too afraid of fading to do it.
#5: Sullivans is my first choice but I love Peacemakers too.
#6: My preference is pdf because I like stitching with the tablet but I have way more paper charts. I was going to say . . if power was out for an extended time, I’d be happy to have paper charts but if power was out, my magnifying lamp wouldn’t work so I doubt I’d be cross stitching.
I look forward to seeing any answers to my questions and other info anyone would like to share. Thanks!