Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

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Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by Sounie42 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:33 pm

Hi everyone

I am fairly new to cross stitching and have finished all of the cross stitches of the tatty teddy design. However I am a bit confused about the backstitching for his tatty fur as it doesnt seem to correspond to holes on the fabric.

I dont want to start doing something and mess up the design which is lovely.

Any tips would be great on how to deal with Tatty Teddy's tatty fur.
 
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by karen4bells » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:40 pm

Hi
First of all, welcome to the forum. Great to see you here.
Having stitched a few dozen of the tatty teddy designs over the past few years, I do have a few hints. First of all, you are correct, the backstitching does not correspond all that well to the holes in the fabric. To do the backstitching more easily for the fur, I would recommend using a sharp needle--just be careful not to poke yourself with the point or you will have to deal with blood stains on the project. Next, I would highly recommend making a photocopy of the backstitching chart--and if at all possible, enlarging it so you can see the exact points of where the stitches are. Then I would make sure, not to worry if it's not exact--as after all, it is just fur. I'd also suggest using a highlighter or marking pen on that copy, so you can mark off as you stitch, and try to take breaks from the stitching. Most of all, try and have fun with it--tatty teddy is such a favorite of mine!! Hope this helps :)
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by zoe marie » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:45 pm

Thank you Karen for the tip as I have almost finished a tatty ted & was stuck on the backstitch! Does anyone want to do mine?
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by karen4bells » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:41 pm

:) Hope it helps you Zoe--main thing is to just do a bit at a time and don't worry if the fur is perfect :)
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by zoe marie » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:15 pm

Love Ted but not liking cross stitch one & have sitting ted with heart balloon to start & do by March 9th for sister's 18th!
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by caz78 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:50 pm

My first cross stitch was a tatty ted and the fur drove me nuts! In the end i sort of used the chart as a 'suggestion' and put the back stitching on pretty randomly. you know what, it looked great! :lol: x
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by zoe marie » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:08 am

I started the fur around Tatty's ears and so far it looks ok! Use a sharp needle to get through the aida without messing the stitches up and don't worry if it's not the exact same as the chart as the fur looks rough on them anyway!

Thank you for the advice Caz78, it really helped me to remember it doesn't have to be perfect 24/7!!!
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by Jaki :) » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:36 am

I start off Tatty backstitch with good intentions of following pattern, then lose the plot halfway thru & make it up as I go along :)
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by Sounie42 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:55 pm

Thanks very much to everyone for their hints - and the fact that some of you went off chart and he turned out ok. I have had to put him to one side to finishe a project for a friend who is moving house at the end of this month - a month early!!!!! :shock: Ill get back to ted soon.
 
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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by Ingahaim » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:36 pm

well, I'm a lazy tatty teddie stitcher. What I do is stitch the little squares and so as they have to be, and the threads that have to be his fur, I just don't use the pattern for anymore. I just stitch a bit here and a bit there in different lengths.

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Re: Backstitching on Tatty Teddy

by Jacki » Mon May 23, 2011 10:54 pm

I bought several Tatty Teddy kits in a half price sale. I felt quite smug until I came to do the backstitching! I do about half an hour a day which makes it bearable.

I find that some of the backstitching seems to "disappear" and I wonder what I am doing wrong? Any advice anyone?
 
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