Friday, 20 April 2012

Grr.... confetti!

So, I'm back to the Hermit.  I am so close to finishing the first page of chart, I am giddy with excitement!  I have discovered a few things that I think will change the way I move forward.

As you may remember, I started stitching from the center of the chart.  It's how I've always started my kits and so I went with what I know.  As I near completion of the first page, I am left with a lot of confetti. Those who are not in the know, may ask, "what the heck is confetti?"

Confetti:  Definition: Stitchers often refer to scattered single stitches as confetti stitches. The stitches are spread across the fabric as if they had been sprinkled like confetti.

Exhibit A:

Can you see the scattered little white dots of fabric?  That's confetti.

I like my definition better - a huge pain in the ass.

Having to do single cross stitches means having to re-thread my needle a lot.  It's time consuming and irritation. Not to mention BORING!!!

So, once this page is complete and I move on to the next, I am going to try stitching in blocks of 10x10 squares.  Seasoned stitchers will say that this may lead to more re-threading more often, but another trick I learned is parking the thread, like this.

Oy, that looks like a god-awful mess, doesn't it?  Well, I'm going to give it a shot and see how it goes. 
Wish me luck!


  1. Love your definition of confetti. One way that I have found works better for me, is threading several needles ahead of time. I tried parking once but it didn't work too good for me.

    1. Oh, that wasn't my definition, I took it from a cross stitching website. I should have made that clear, oops. My bad.

      I will post an update on my progress with the parking in a few days.

  2. Hi Mimi you're certainly doing much better than I am at the moment! I really don't get on with "parking" my needle - I end up with a huge tangle of threads that are similar colours and I can't decipher which one is which. Maybe if I stitched more often I wouldn't have this problem, but there we go. Well done on your work so far - these projects look like they're going to be fabulous!