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« on: January 31, 2014 07:53:59 PM »

Hi all! It's been awhile since I've been active but I'm working on getting reacquainted with my needles and floss!

I've mostly done small cross-stitches, like the Jim Shore Santa series and Lizzie Kate patterns (all gifts for my mother-in-law!) but I'm feeling the urge to try something bigger!

I'm currently working on "Stars and Stripes Forever" by Primrose Needleworks (http://primroseneedleworks.com/?p=713).  I'm using Jobelan 28 ct fabric and Gentle Art thread, stitching with two stands over two stitches as recommended.  It's coming out a little... patchy? thin?

http://i62.tinypic.com/fwu9hs.jpg
ETA: http://i59.tinypic.com/xq96as.jpg

It's a little more noticeable in person.  I'm just wondering if I'm doing something to cause it?  I'm stitching a little more slowly, which seems to allow the threads to line up a bit better and sit nicely but some of the stitches, especially the first pass, just seem so thin. Am I too paranoid about?

Any input is appreciated!! This is going to be a gift for my husband so I want it to look great!
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014 05:14:13 AM »

I could try three strands and see if that fills in the space or makes it too bulky. I usually use three but that's on 14 count.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014 08:52:03 AM »

Generally speaking, I would probably either stitch this one over one or on a higher thread count. GAST threads tend to run a bit thin, but not as badly as Weeks Dye Works, IMO. If you wanted to stick to 2 over 2 on 28 count, you could convert the threads to silks. Silks tend to be a LOT thicker than cottons and thus have better coverage.


That being said, however, I think it looks great!  Smiley
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