Which way do you stitch?

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Which way do you stitch?

by Aesandre » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:18 pm

Having looked at a few guides to cross stitching, and having read a few people's posts, I think I might be doing things backwards.

When I begin a stitch, I start from the bottom right and go to the top left (ie \\\), then stitch from the bottom left to the top right. Is this the way I'm supposed to do it? Is there an advantage in doing it the other way (ie doing // first)?

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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by corby_stitcher » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:21 pm

I do it this way, - /////// followed by \\\\\\\\\ i find it easier this way being left handed.
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by darlenes » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:26 pm

corby_stitcher wrote:I do it this way, - /////// followed by \\\\\\\\\ i find it easier this way being left handed.

I am right handed and do it this way also. I start my piece in the very middle though.
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by mechie » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:41 pm

Aesandre wrote:When I begin a stitch, I start from the bottom right and go to the top left (ie \\\), then stitch from the bottom left to the top right. Is this the way I'm supposed to do it? Is there an advantage in doing it the other way (ie doing // first)?


I stitch the same direction you do, although I start from the top as opposed to the bottom (so top left to bottom right, then top right to bottom left). I don't think there is necessarily a right or wrong way to stitch, just what is comfortable for each stitcher. As long as all of your stitches are going the same way, stitch them in whatever direction you'd like (at least that's my take on things :D ),

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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Arianwen » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:48 pm

I stitch bottom left to top right, then bottom right to top left so first i do ///////// then go back \\\\\\\\

So long as all your stitches run the same way, it doesn't matter which way you do them. Its all down to what your comfortable with and prefer.

I was told that by a designer when I model stitched a few pieces
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by rcperryls » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:00 pm

There is a really long thread about this somewhere but probably hard to find right now, and its pretty much what works for you. I'm a /// followed by \\\ stitcher and sometimes do one x at a time depending on the pattern. As long as it looks like you want it to and its comfortable for you, that is the way to do it.

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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by LadyS » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:31 pm

I think I usually do ///// followed by \\\\\\ but in some projects I do \\\\\\ followed by //////. I think it depends on where I start and which way I go first (middle up or middle down or going left or right).
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Kjers10 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:45 pm

I like to start from the top, the right corner. If it's not very big, I go from top and down, if it's big, I do from top right to bottom right, and then go more and more to the left (from top and down). My stitches starts ///, then \\\.
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by kell » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:00 pm

I'm right handed and I start from the top right going to bottom left /, then top left to bottom right \. It's the same way I write the letter "x".
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by debupnorth » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:11 am

kell wrote:I'm right handed and I start from the top right going to bottom left /, then top left to bottom right \. It's the same way I write the letter "x".


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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Rose » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:19 am

I finish the stitch as I go unless the thread ends in the wrong place then I will do a line but I don't even know where I start. I would have to say again it all depends on where I want the thread to end for the next stitch.

Having looked at a few guides to cross stitching, and having read a few people's posts, I think I might be doing things backwards.

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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by OctoberLace » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:44 am

I'm right-handed and stitch ///// then \\\\\, both starting at the bottom, but that's a personal preference. All that matters is that your stitching is consistent. :applesauce: What you would NOT want is to stitch like this: first //\\///\\\, then \\//\\\///. :doh:
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Corey.G » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:09 pm

I do it almost the same way as you. I start bottom right to top left. Then top right to bottom left. Somehow, I just find it easier this way.
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Aesandre » Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:16 pm

Thanks for the reassurances :) I'm right-handed too and tend to do the bottom right quadrant of the pattern first. My stitches all go the same way. It's nice to know that there's a variety of ways to do it and that they're all correct. Different strokes for different folks!
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by paul » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:34 pm

I do // then \\ and always start in centre, but as I'm working on my Disney project I start anywhere as it don't have to be central on the fabric as long as it fits it the gap I have.

There really isn't a right way to stitch as I'm sure you can tell by all the posts. Just stitch what ever way you find better.
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Nanna2Five » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:25 am

I am right handed and I do \\\\\ followed by /////
 
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by msufly » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:58 pm

My stitches always start \\\\ before I do the //// but my priority is always using the least amount of floss...so depending on the pattern, I may make the whole X before going onto the next square, or I won't necessarily always start the \\\\ stitches in the upper left, I may start them in the bottom if I am just starting a new row (moving upwards) etc. The big difference I see in my stitching and all the tutorials is the way I do backstitching. Most tutorials will have you do one back stitch and then skip the hole of #1 so that you come back to hole #1 for #4 (so they're the same)...whereas I'll make #1 & #3 the same...again, it's to save on floss. Hope that makes sense...
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by Lessa54 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:21 am

msufly wrote:My stitches always start \\\\ before I do the //// but my priority is always using the least amount of floss...so depending on the pattern, I may make the whole X before going onto the next square, or I won't necessarily always start the \\\\ stitches in the upper left, I may start them in the bottom if I am just starting a new row (moving upwards) etc. The big difference I see in my stitching and all the tutorials is the way I do backstitching. Most tutorials will have you do one back stitch and then skip the hole of #1 so that you come back to hole #1 for #4 (so they're the same)...whereas I'll make #1 & #3 the same...again, it's to save on floss. Hope that makes sense...


I'm the same on the using least amount of floss thing though I stitch //// and cross them \\\\\. I'm always paranoid, especially with a kit of running out of floss, so I really make it work for its stitches :lol:
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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by flosaxby » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:43 pm

I'm right handed but I always go \\\ first then /// and like others I don't always go from bottom to top. If I wanted to get down to the row below then I'd do the cross from top to bottom to get the thread to where it's needed next.

Also I start my designs from the middle and work my way out to the edges.

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Re: Which way do you stitch?

by MaggieM1750 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:57 pm

I am right handed and I generally stitch //// then \\\\ starting at the bottom of the stitch. It doesn't really matter which way you stitch- as long as your top stitches are all laying the same way.

I start my patterns in different spots- depending on whatever the chart tells me (yes, I think my charts speak to me) My Cardinal Ball, I started on the center line, on the bottom. It was a mirror image and I wanted to make sure it stayed that way. And I was making adjustments to the top so I had time to figure that all out by the time I got there. The chart I am working on now, Noel, I started in the top left corner and worked down from there. The Nest was a chart that I started in the bottom right corner and worked up.
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