Apr 7, 2013

Long-arm cross

Good day to you. How the heck are you? Having fun? Relaxed? Slightly aggitated? Confused? Flashing? Frustrated? Ranting? Looking for a fight? Ready to throw something out the window? Wanting to climb a wall and upset there are no footholds? No? Maybe it's just me. I made an appointment to see my doc this week and am hoping there actually is a pill!!! Chewable.
 Now.... I'm showing you what I've been doing for the long-arm cross stitch. Most of the horizontal bands in Dorothy call for it and I usually substitute regular cross. But there was a brief moment of calm that happened about the same time, so I tried it. I always watch online videos here for the correct methods but only found diagrams this time. Most appeared to be going the opposite direction of my stitching so I was having a difficult time, but finally came across one that clicked. I'm assuming it's correct and if not, it looks good anyway.
 Start with a regular cross, come back up at the bottom left of that stitch and go over 4 threads, come out in the same line two threads down.

 
 Go back to the prior stitch and enter at the top right, come out at the bottom right.


And just keep going!




It's makes a little braid.


And here they are.


Very easy to do.

Did I do it right??  Yes Marlene you did it right, but unfortunately your left side border is off one thread.  The question is - do we dare tell you?

The End.
 
 

24 comments:

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

It looks fantastic, Marly! Glad you had a moment of calm to get it figured out. It really does add nice texture. I hope your doc can give you something. Sounds like what we all go thru at a certain age. I've been on HRT for a couple of years. Without it, the hot flashes and some of the other symptoms you describe are unbearable. I hope you feel better soon!

Jackie said...

It looks like you did it right to me too! I hope that being one thread off isn't a big deal because it does look good.

Shirlee said...

The long stitch looks great but of course I'll never try it : ) Can't figure out how the heck I am today. Maybe tired since I just want to crawl back in bed.

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Boy,that does look good. I've never done that stitch and usually just prefer the plain ole prim cross stitch. One thread off, no big deal. These girls made tons of mistakes on these marking samplers....remember?
Smiles, Nan

Anne said...

The braid looks great and I like the close up shots of how to do the stitch! Hope you get that pill you need!!

Hugs!

butterfly said...

Great job , looks good to me, hugs.

wranglerkate said...

Your stitching looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing that with us. You did well.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh, I do like that stitch! Normally I only do xs, but I may have to try that one. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs :)
Lauren

eszter said...

Beautiful! Thank you, Marly♥

moosecraft said...

Now how kewl is that! First time I've seen that stitch! Thanks!

Laurie in Iowa said...

It looks fabulous! I love the long-arm cross as a dividing band.

Sweet William Primitives said...

Very pretty stitch, and you made it look so easy! Thanks Marly! Now I'm off to see how you finish the backs of your santas!(:

backporchcarver said...

I love the look of that stitch!! I think though I will just practice a while longer with what I have learned so far till I have a bit more confidence. So glad you showed us this.

Carole said...


Looks great, Marly...sure like the colors you chose!

Margaret said...

It looks great! As for the border being off one thread, can you fudge it? I hope so. Love the colors! and the new stitch!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Marly, you really did good and I do like that stitch. Thanks again for sharing so much of your knowledge.
Get that pill, just hope it helps.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

very nice stitching!!

Barb said...

That stitch turned out so pretty!

DianeM said...

Wow..that stitch is so cool! Good for you to figure that out with just diagrams...you lost me pretty quickly!
smiles, DianeM

sandi s said...

Looks great!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Looks amazing !
Lovely piece you are working on. ;)
Rose

Chris said...

I love long arm dividing bands. If you use a sewing method they zip along :)
I don't think that there is a chewable pill available, for birth control and prenatal vitamins yes...for the others ...no. :(
Thinking of you and your sister.

Karen said...

Morning Marly...well I'm not good at this but what you have here is lovely...the stitches are just so perfect!
Many blessings,
Karen

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Love the long-arm stitch and great directions and pictures, thank you! As for the pill, I swear by magnesium; for me it works like a charm, I'd be in an insane asylum or jail by now without it! Check with your doc first of course but 500 mg daily is the dose I take, with the occasional 250 mg top up when the crazies start to rear their ugly heads! Hope it works for you?! Deb

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