Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mini Cross Stitch Lesson- Quarter and Half Stitches

Quarter Stitches, Half Stitches

Mini Cross Stitch Lesson

Fractional stitches (1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 stitches) are easy to do, but can be a little confusing when you see them for the first time on a pattern or chart.
Quarter, half, and three quarter stitches are used to give extra detail to a design.
This design (from Jeanette Crews Designs "Cattitudes. The Thirteenth Litter" (Yarn Tree item K7022)) uses quarter stitches to add more detail to the eyes and nose.
Fractional stitches are shown on the graph by a small symbol filling just a corner of the box. The stitches in the red circles are fractional stitches.



Here is what fractional stitches look like stitched.

Stitched On Aida.
Left to Right: a full cross stitch, a half stitch, a quarter stitch, and a 3/4 stitch. Notice that to do the 1/4 stitch on aida you need to poke the needle through the fabric between the holes.


Stitched On Linen over two threads.
Left to Right: a full cross stitch, a quarter stitch, a half stitch, and a 3/4 stitch.


1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 stitches are all shown the same way on a chart or pattern (with the smaller than normal symbol). You get to decide which stitch to use. Here are my suggestions:
  • If the area is outlined in backstitch, you probably just need a 1/4 stitch. For the design above, I would just do 1/4 stitches.
  • If the area is not outlined in backstitch, use a 3/4 stitch for the detail color and a 1/4 stitch for the background color.
  • If the stitch is next to an unstitched area, use a 3/4 stitch.
 from yarntree.com

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Cross-stitch Chartpacks

          Recently we have received questions about counted cross-stitch chartpacks. The major concern is are these photocopies of a booklet or leaflet. The answer is, in most cases, yes. Should this be cause for alarm, no, not at all. If you are purchasing from a reputable seller you can be assured that you are receiving an authorized copy from the designer or wholesaler.
          Let’s first understand what a chartpack is and why they are sold. A chartpack is a pattern consisting of either loose pages or one or more folded pages placed in a plastic ziplock or plastic bag with a hanging header card. Occasionally a designer will offer their patterns in chartpack form from the very beginning. We will see hardanger patterns sold this way as well as the traditional booklet form. Many other designers will offer reprints of an earlier published booklet or leaflet in chartpack form. It’s a great way to bring back an older, popular design at a reduced cost to them or just a smaller run.
          Buying a chartpack shouldn’t cause undo alarm. A quick checklist to help in your decision-making:
1)    Is the seller reputable? Do they have an excellent reputation and feedback?
2)    Does the seller have access to NEW charts from a wholesaler or direct from the designers?
3)    Is the seller open to how they acquired the chartpacks?
4)    Read the listing – does it mention chartpack?
While answers to these questions can help you decide whether you wish to purchase a chartpack, it shouldn’t be a deterrent. Even price shouldn’t be a determining factor. A reduced price shouldn’t be a red flag. Just as your grocery store has sales and price reductions, so will your online sellers. Loss-leaders, or products sold at cost or below, are an excellent way to get shoppers in the doors. For internet sales, it really isn’t any different. To offer a low-price on one item and hopefully the customer will purchase more at full-price. It’s just good business. A seller who purchases from a wholesaler or designer(s) can track their “new” purchased pattern stock back to the source. Most importantly, a seller who has cultivated an excellent reputation over many years will not jeopardize that for the sake of a few dollars made on a bootleg chartpack.
This is our understanding of chartpacks and hopefully will remove some of their mystery. If you have anything to add, please let us know.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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