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TalieW
« on: October 18, 2019 05:12:47 PM »

I recently had one of my cross stitch pattern designs tested which had large areas of solid black.

We used 2 strands of floss for the cross stitch on 14ct Aida. But when this section was completed it became apparent that the thread used had strands of varying thickness (DMC stranded floss). This caused extremely noticeable lines between sections of thread i.e. one set of rows seemed to have more weight (darker) than the next set of rows.

We were able to "blur" the border between the two sections by going over some of the thinner stitches with a 3rd strand.

Does anyone have a better solution to fixing this in the future? (We'd like to avoid unpicking the stitches if we can.)
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019 08:17:03 AM »

I'm wondering if it had to do with the stitches going the same way. I know that I get noticeable differences when I do one section one way and then another section of stitches another way-even when using the same skein of floss.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019 08:32:24 AM »

I have not run into this, but I could easily see it happening. Have you tried "railroading" your stitches? making sure to place the needle between the 2 strands so there are no twists. Even doing it for the top half of the stitch only can make a big difference in the end product. As I understand it, laying tools can help with this, but I have never figured out how to use one well without growing an extra hand.
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019 02:53:59 PM »

They say "a day in which you learn something, isn't a day wasted"!

Well, I've learnt 3 new things today - railroading, laying tool and starting thread off with a loop. Two videos I watched to find out what 'railroading' and 'laying tool' where both used a single strand doubled up with a loop (I was always taught to start and end your thread by working stitches over the top of the loose thread ends). Definitely 3 things to try.

kittykill - do you mean the laying down of the first part of each stitch with one row working from left-to-right and then right-to-left for the second row (though of course keeping the actual stitch in the same direction) before finishing the top layer of each stitch?

These all seem like good techniques for preventing the problem initially occurring.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2019 08:00:36 AM »



kittykill - do you mean the laying down of the first part of each stitch with one row working from left-to-right and then right-to-left for the second row (though of course keeping the actual stitch in the same direction) before finishing the top layer of each stitch?



Yep! That is exactly it.
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