Oct 28, 2017

As the optician says

One?  Or two? 
One?  Or two? 
I have the same question.
 
Thirty count used to be my favorite and I do have some left, but followed the chart with thirty two count.  Those two threads per inch make quite a difference and cause me quite a dilemma regarding floss threads.  I do not like the sparse look of one thread on 32 count, but two threads are heavy and bulky.  At least mine are.  And I really don't like stitching with two strands any longer.  The stag is one, and it's OK I guess, not as large an area as his coat.  But the dark blue contrast on the lighter linen is too open for me.  I tried a lighter blue for less contrast but it wasn't enough color.  See the heavy thread over his back compared to the single thread below?  It's raised like a little sausage roll.  My SIL used two strands on 32 Belfast almost exclusively and her work was perfect, no sausages.
 
 Linen to thread contrast would not be as noticeable on a darker linen but neither would this design with its dark thread.  (sigh) (nose blow) (cough).  I need to order 35 count raw/unbleached linen which is perfect for one thread, but I don't think there are too many options for that, most are dyed.  I will stitch a larger area of the blue before deciding if I want to start over on my last piece of beige 35 count.  Hoping I can put on those big girl panties and continue on this piece because I'm sure when completed, it will be just fine.  And it's seasonal, not something I will look at every day.  There 'ya go.  I knew if I yakked about it, sensibility would prevail.
 
I'm not sure if I will order all 13 skeins of wool needed to stitch Ellen (unexpected car bill for Carole) but did find a decent sale price for them.  Most online shops had the GASWT thread for $3.20-3.35 and Stitching Bits 'n Bobs has them for $2.64.  Simply Wool Threads. That's a really good price.  Ellen calls for Buckeye Scarlet (4 skeins) Dried Thyme (3) Grecian Gold (2) and one each of Harvest Basket, Driftwood, Dark Chocolate, and Forest Glade.  I may use the GAST cotton, but who knows?
 
I'll leave you with another one of our visitors.

Enjoy the last few days of October.  I'm still in shock!
 
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5 comments:

Diane Prenatt said...

I so agree. A lot depends on the make of the linen, no matter what the count. What I mean is, I'm almost down to 28-count Cashel or 32-count Belfast, nothing else, as I like to stitch with 2 strands. I just don't think you can beat those two. I think Carol of Stitching Dreams does almost all her smalls on 40-count with one strand and they look beautiful, but my eyesight isn't good enough for 40-count, and for me cross-stitch has to be enjoyable. If I have to work too hard at it . . . well, I already have a job!

C. M. Designs said...

Beautiful deer, Dear !
Wishing you an enjoyable Sunday.
Charlotte in Va.

Margaret said...

I hate stitching with two threads. :D It's why I like stitching on high counts of linen. And yes, the brand of linen makes a difference.

Mary said...

I like the look of two threads, although it might depend on the fabric. On linen one thread looks anemic and pulls . I do 28 or 32 count (my fabric of choice) even weave I always using two threads. Of course that is over two. I did 40 count once ( black) using a single thread and it was not fun so I agree with Diane I stitch for fun not work.

deb said...

A thought - is the linen you're using Belfast or just 32 count? Yes, I know Belfast *is* 32 count, but the couple of pieces I have marked specifically as "Belfast" seem to have an airier look (which I didn't like - that's why I still have them ... also, they are white or ivory and I'm not brave enough to dye them) and I finally thought the fabric threads themselves may be finer/thinner. That could explain why your SIL's 2 threads on Belfast looked nice while you're getting sausages. Maybe?

Perhaps Silver Needle would have some lovely (old fashioned) raw linen in 35 count?

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