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Where do I start
Posted By:    donnamarie.me
I have only stitched stamped patterns. Where do I start with this?
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Hi there. There are two generally accepted ways of starting, both of them work equally well, it's more a matter of personal choice, and maybe the size of the project. The first one is to start in the center. Most charts have the center marked with arrows at the top and side of the page. You follow the arrows to where they meet and that is the center. You can circle it with a pencil or use a highlighter if you'd rather. Then I fold my fabric in half , first lengthwise, then crossways. That gives me a crease where the two lines meet. I usually baste across an inch either way with regular sewing thread. You start your first stitch where the two lines meet according to your pattern. The second way is to start in the upper left hand corner. This works well on bigger projects or where the centre may not be marked. Assuming that you have added 3" to each side of your stated project size....you can measure 3" in from the left side and the left top and mark where they meet. Then your first stitch would be the first stitch in the very top left corner of your pattern. I hope this is clear. There are lots of knowledgeable ladies here that can help explain things, so don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. Happy stitching !
This is an ambitious project. Here's a beginner's tip, for whatever it's worth: If you're using an even weave (linen is an even weave too), the rule is to start the "1st course or leg by bringing up the needle in a hole to the Southwest of an upright thread in the fabric. Then you will count up 2 threads and right 2 threads to find the hole to insert your needle for the Northeast corner of this 1st course. Then, count down 2 threads & bring the needle up through the hole below the 2nd thread. Nowadays, in the US, the upper course always runs Southeast to Northwest. Same compass directions for Aida cloth, but the holes are obvious. You probably knew all this already. Have fun!

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