Custom Wall-Hanging Project - Oblong Stitch


Customize Your Cross-Stitch


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Custom Wall-Hanging Project - Oblong Stitch

So the next stitch is the ob long and our count for that one is three across and seven down so it's actually the same I think it was three cross and maybe five down in the intro class it's almost the same the other one we're using all give you a little refresher on the slides here here's the ob long stitch the top so I believe this one this one's three by five but we're going to be doing three by seven because we're using a seven count so one, two, three and then instead of five you're going to be going one two, three four five six seven your ex is going to be a little bit longer and this stitch it's much better to start at the beginning of the row then to start in the middle so you're gonna want to count seven out and have that be your first edge good to great can you ask that question again so seven out and so do you go this way or do you go that way start which way you're going to be going we're working left to right I think you enough to tear your right to love always this backward...

s okay, yeah just you are looking right to left all right thank you just maintain that and you'll be cool don't start going left to right so you're gonna go one two, three and on down one, two, three, four, five, six seven and with any pattern you're using, you will find that the first few stitches are the most difficult and then once you get going, things should be easier. My biggest piece of advice and cross stitch is check in on it like if you think something's not right, stop take a deep breath, look at your account and make sure because it's a lot easier to pull out like five stitches than it is to pull out twenty five and have to do them over. The nice thing is that in my experience nothing disastrous has happened with the fabric when you pull out stitches it's pretty hardy so if you do have to pull out a bunch and start your pattern over, it should survive pretty well that's a good point too if you're working on your own pattern or you're doing a variation of the pattern that I've suggested to give yourself a little bit of distance from it to make sure that you've chosen enough of a contrast in your thread. Sam I want to put it down and kind of walk across the room or just give yourself a little bit of space from it it's three across and seven down yeah, I'll bring this over sometimes it's helpful to just take a look at a sample so you one, two, three and then you're coming seven down and you're starting with where your stitches already you can always go back and do my talking with another color oh yeah yeah looks good by going three over starting you want to start you on account a full seven full seven network every every time we switch threads I mean stitches were adding seven for this first part and then you'll see when we get here then we start taking away seven but also alternately if it's easier for you to work with the addition of seven just turn your hoop over not brain surgery can work back you will get to a point where you get quite fast at this and then you'll feel really confident and then you'll make a mistake have you ever gotten to the end of something and realize that you started with an error and if so what do you do yeah I try to crying asking for help but no, I've learned tio well especially when I'm making product right? So I'm making something to sell that has to be perfect. I tried to break up my work flow in general that if I'm having a day where I just know that for whatever reason maybe I'm distracted or I start to do something I start to do some needlework and it's just I keep making the same mistake over and over again first I'll put it down and take a break and walk away for whatever I mean who and who knows why that happens I don't even know but there's just some days where it's not happening as easily and if I absolutely if I'm on a tight schedule and I have to get that done at that part of the day and I don't have a choice I'll just keep taking small really small breaks and going back because with some of my pieces you know I'll have a lot of different colors going at once and threads that I can't finish off because they'll have to be woven into another stitch so taking breaks is really encouraged and if you do do you know if you do take a break you walk away from something you're working on for a couple of days or a couple weeks and then get back to it? One thing that I suggest doing is take a little piece of paper or maybe a little notebook and write down the code of the threat you're using so you know if you're using the screen it's four six nine maybe cut a little piece of it right the project name on the book tape the threat in with the number color number that goes with the threat and then with crossed it's just write whatever count you're working off of so like we're working off of the seven by seven just right timing by seven and if you need a visual reminder you can always count alongside of the stitch the holes alongside. And that should fresh your memory a little bit. Dana. Time on and off again before we start the next stitch.

Class Description

Don’t settle for the patterns and kits that come out of a box! Learn how to put your own spin on cross-stitch patterns in Customize Your Cross-Stitch with Lisa Shaffer

Lisa does incredible custom needlework under the moniker Zelma Rose, and in this class she’ll teach you how to: 

  • Pick patterns that lend themselves to customization 
  • Find or create custom supplies, like hand-dyed threads and special hoop sizes 
  • Transfer photos and designs onto a cross-stitch pattern 
You'll learn how to customize cross-stitch projects and use your skills to embellish your own creations. 

If you want to make truly unique cross-stitch projects, join the always-inspiring Lisa Shaffer for Customize Your Cross-Stitch