Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Linen Frustrations Ramblings

I have received all kinds of linen and kits with linen inside and I am eager to start on them, but...why is it so hard to work on linen? I am doing a 28 ct linen for 'Stitchy Witchy' on purple but it's really hard to see. No pic yet. Too embarrassed. I have a magnifyer and Ott lite and it seems like easch little stitch take forever to put into the correct place! I'm very frustrated because I love the look of linen and want to master it. But if it's going to take me 3 times longer to stitch something, then forget it. Grrrrr
Signed...
frustrated...

12 comments:

Ashrei said...

To learn I recommend starting with a white or cream colored linen with a simple design that has strong colors. That way it will be easier to see the threads and stitches.

Shelley - ILCS said...

Have you tried stitching on evenweave first to get used to stitching over 2?

maegwin4 said...

Hey there! I have a hard time myself I think it's just so much softer we can't a hold on it? I have a small one I'm still working on -it's kind of wavy. I am going to do what Shelley suggested.

Rene la Frog said...

Don't give up! It does take longer when you are first learning to stitch over two but with practice it will become just as easy as working on Aida.

Nancy M said...

Believe me all linen and evenweave is NOT created equal. I have worked on some great linen and evenweave and then some that I hate and would not wish on my worst enemy. If it's hard to work on, you might want to switch projects and try a different piece. Evenweave is easier in my honest opinion, you might want to try that first.

Penny said...

I found that the evenweave was the best choice. I switched from Adia to evenweave and then to linen. As Ashrei said it made the transistion much easier.

Charlene said...

If it's the color causing more problem, lay a white pillowcase or towell in your lap to reflect the light back up to help you see the threads. I only started using linen this year, and it does take a while to get the hang, but when you do... it's almost as fast. I agree with 'start small' for practice pieces.

CindyMae said...

I have recently started stitching on linen and it just takes time. Now that I am really getting use to it I am loving it though. Don't give up. Starting with Evenweave is a good idea if that is possible!

Jan said...

I agree on the stitching on an evenweave, a piece of lugana would be great, for mastering and getting used to the stitching over 2 threads. Also as someone else suggested, try practicing on a lighter color, the colors sometimes makes things harder to see. Best of luck, and don't give up, it will become second nature to you one of these days.

Meari said...

I'm glad your linen journey is going a lot better, Cyndi :) I always knew you'd get the hang of it!

Janaina said...

For me, there's nothing like a really tight hoop and natural day light. It always help, and is also way better than any ottlight. Just my 2 cents...
Hugs from sunny Brazil!

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