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Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Cross Stitch Question

Thanks to all of you who have taken time to look at the blog.  I have a cross stitch question.  How do you manage one isolated stitch ? I will finish Halloween Town tonight.  I have the spider web, a few bats and more isolated stitches.  I have noticed that designers often put these on a chart.  They always give me fits.  I know you should never put a knot in stitching but how else can you anchor these little single stitches?  I have googled this problem and haven't really found a good answer.  I'd love to know what you all think.  I will be starting the third part of the mystery sampler as soon as it arrives.  I am happy to get this one done so early.  I'll get it framed then off to my Grandson!

 Almost Done!!

 Here is an example of the little isolated stitches I was talking about.

More of them and I'm still not done putting them in.

 I believe in giving the little shops in Poulsbo business when possible.  So many local shops have closed since the recession started.  I found this little mouse witch in one shop.  She will look very good on my Halloween tree.


For now, she is hanging on a kitchen cupboard!
Hope the week-end is going great for all of you.  Those of us in the US have an end of summer holiday tomorrow so Happy Labor Day!

16 comments:

  1. Your Halloween Town is making me want to stitch it so much. You stitched that sucker fast. For isolated stitches.... I just use a knot.

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  2. Hello Barb

    Below link may give you some ideas about how you can create different types of knots (video is in English)

    http://www.fiyonk.net/blog/2011/12/15/brezilya-nakisi-nasil-islenirvideo/

    Happy stitching and a great week!

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  3. I never know what to do with that single stitch either so I just keep sliding it through the thread on the back and pray it stays!

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  4. Oh, I just love that little mouse witch, Barb! How adorable she looks hanging in your kitchen.

    Lovely work on the Town of Halloween--I like the colors you added. They really add a lot to the design... Hope you can find some good info on doing isolated stitches. I tend to use knots, too!

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  5. for isolated stitches I get a sharp needle thread it with one thread - then I go to the middle hole of the first leg - pull my thread through so there is just a little tiny bit hanging out the back then go down into the first leg top right corner come back up from the back to where you would normally start your first leg bottom left corner and back down into the middle of the first leg - this will complete one single leg that's been split into two stitches and also anchors your thread - then come back up to do one full sinlge first leg stitch - so this will equal 2 strands as your first leg then move over to do your second leg stitch which because you are working with one strand of thread you will do twice - isolated stitch completed - on the back intead of going behind the stitches to secure - peirce through them with your needle a couple of times - I hope this helps

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  6. Ooh, this looks so great! Love it so far. As far the isolated stitches, or confetti stitches as they are sometimes known, I use the loop start method and pray for the best! lol Sorry if that's not much help.

    http://www.better-cross-stitch-patterns.com/loop-start.html

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  7. Google "Pinhead Stitch." :-) Hope that helps! (Beautiful work BTW!)

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  8. I just have long 'tails' 1/4" or so.

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  9. Halloween Town looks wonderful! Your grandson will love it. That little mouse is the best!!

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  10. Wonderful! I finished my Town of Halloween already! :o)

    Cathi

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  11. Your Halloween Town looks wonderful.
    Looking forward to seeing what is up next :)
    Margaret

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  12. Hey Barb,
    On small pieces when you have the design finished and the only thing left is the isolated stitches you can fuse some interfacing to the back then stitch the isolated stitches through that.
    Also on Marly's blog she showed how she would tuck little pieces of linen behind the carried threads.
    I think Halloween Town looks great! I love the sweet mouse too.

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  13. What a cute little mouse! Just perfect for Halloween! Your "Town of Halloween" looks great! I agree with using pin stitch too. It helps you anchor the stitch better and is more secure. It's what I use for isolated stitches.

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  14. wow ... your halloween stitchng is beautiful !! And that cute mouse, he's fantastic... ohhh why haven't we overhere such wonderful halloween items :S

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