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« on: May 05, 2013 09:37:26 AM »

I'm cross stitching a picture that has multiple colors. This is the first time I cross stitched something that isn't in black and white.

Should I do color changes with the row I'm working on or would it be best to do all the black and go back and fill in the colors?
Would it make a difference if I did the black outline first and then went back and colored it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013 05:09:53 AM »

For a lot of my cross stitch work I will do each color separately. All the pink first, then all the red....

I would do the outline last because it might get lost in the stitches.

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013 06:39:46 PM »

I do each color separately & this is why.. if you go and do the colors all together, you're going to end up with all these strands hanging down in back that get caught in the working thread.

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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013 09:35:31 PM »

Separately tends to work out better, but you CAN work multiple colors in one area, as long as you start the new color after coming to the end of the strand, or end the first color and snip so you don't get tangled. 

I like to try and finish areas of pieces.  I used to go color by color, but sometimes there is an insane amount of counting to do that can really throw you off.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2013 07:26:30 AM »

Depending on what it is, I'll do the black outlining first if its in cross stitch. Then I fill in the colors one at a time, then finish with back stitch. It's really personal preference, but I think it's easier to do one color at a time.

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2013 07:13:56 PM »

I usually do all one color and then switch. If I'm working on a bigger project that I know will take me weeks to complete, I tend to work in 10 stitch x 10 stitch squares. It's easier for me to keep track of where I am in the pattern.

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013 11:31:42 AM »

I'm pretty new to cross-stitching myself. What I prefer to do is pick a color that has a large group and fill in all of that color that's grouped together. Then I'll pick another color and move to that one. I don't fill in all of a color in the entire pattern, just section by section. I tend to let the pattern itself dictate it's own 'natural' breaks when deciding on the sections I'll be working on. I also tend to work from the darker colors to the lighter colors. The reason I do this is because if I have to run a lighter color over a darker color for a few spaces, the lighter color won't show through on the front when it's behind a darker color.

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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2013 03:43:01 PM »

I do all of the colours separately. Cheesy
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