Easy Count Guideline
Hi everyone, I am a newbie to this is site and I love it. I use to cross stitch back in the day when there was no internet to find all kinds of cool things and only had Ben Franklin to go to. I am back cross stitching because it is easier to take with when traveling. I had not heard of making grid lines and would like to know the pros and cons of this product. No one has written a review.

l am on a fixed income and wondering if just using was red floss would work as well. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Denise






Posted by: mdstudey on 10/11/18
I absolutely love gridding. It makes life a lot easier. Downside is that it gets tedious when you have a large project.
I DO NOT like this product. It is slippery and does not stay in. It can be reused, if you decide you like it. I found the idea confusing at first; but there is a YouTube videos that give good visual look on how it is done. (in six, under four; makes sure that the sixes cross each other in the middle).

I found that using some heavy duty sewing thread much easier. I ran out of that I started using two or three strands of embroidery floss. I am careful to remove one section of the grid out as I near the grid from getting tangled with the floss you are stitching with.

Don't spend your money on this product. do use the system.
by: NANCYE G on 10/11/18
Welcome Denise. I personally do not grid simply because I want to start right away. Our gridders do swear by it though. I can tell you for a fact that Ben Franklin did NOT grid. He was to busy flying those silly kites in thunderstorms and thinking up pithy phrases for his Poor Richard’s flyer. I know this because he and I went to different schools together at the same time. Have a great day.
Kris
by: 113kevans on 10/11/18
Nancy’s G since I don’t grid have a question for you. When doing a large project do you grid entire thing all at once or maybe half, stitch some and finish gridding as you get closer to being done with what you have already gridded? Perhaps a goofy question but as I said I want to dive right into a project. Guess frogging doesn’t really bother me to much. I know. I have issues.🤪
by: 113kevans on 10/11/18
I don't grid either. I like to dive right in and start stitching. Some of the projects like all over, I can see where they might grid. Me, I just make sure I start in the middle. The one I am doing now is a wolf and the start point was one of the eyes. So after that eye I am going to stitch the other eye. They say the eye is the window to the soul. So I am going to have him staring at me for quite a while!! By the way, I remember the Ben Franklin stores and still have floss from them!!
by: pamelastine11 on 10/11/18
I bought some cheap fishing line to use for gridding. It can be a bit tricky to use, but pulls out easily when done.
by: Jaj on 10/11/18
I love this product. I bless the guy thought it up everyday! I use it on cover-alls and anything over 3 inches (when intricate or red/black work. It enables me to switch projects seamlessly and I NEVER have to frog. Lots of websites put it on sale fairly regularly and as Nancye stated, you can re-use it...great for the smaller projects with scattered patterns or lettering.
Some folks draw their grids on with the "disappearing" pens....I don't because having to draw it again & again defeats it's purpose and my luck simply doesn't run to know washing out when they're supposed to...Wichelt actually prints a pre-gridded fabric on several different counts. I find it "different" because on 28 ct., it's a 5 count instead of ten. Haven't tried the others because I like using hand-dyed fabrics rather than white.
Do not try it with regular floss...the floss splits, tangles, leaves residue when removed, or catches and simply won't pull out.
Metallic flosses are more expensive than the red line and you cannot re-use.
Nancye, I tie a knot on the end, on the backside, it doesn't tighten to a tight knot, but doesn't come out till I'm ready.
There are a hundred different videos that show different grid techniques. I prefer the 6 over, 4 under...forms crosshairs. It's on the R&S website...after a couple of projects it goes very quickly...first one was S L O W.
If you find you're having difficulty when none was expected, you can grid a partially finished project...the line is is really easy to use.
I don't get the price complaints...it is a bargain! Lasts forever...I finally opened my second reel...took 3 years to use up the first one...100 yards goes a long way. 😊 hope this helped. 😊
by: VCESS on 10/11/18
Vcess thanks for your input in this item. I have often looked at it and wondered if it was worth buying. I think I will bite the bullet and get some as I find that on my large projects a little griding goes a long way in lessening the blood pressure if I make a mistake and have to frog.
by: deirdre on 10/11/18
I have never gridded. Back in the dark ages when I learned to stitch, they never heard of such a thing (we didn't have Ben Franklin, Denise, we had Woolworth's). I never start in the middle, either. I always count up and over to the left corner and start there. That's just the way it was done back then. It's not hard and makes more sense to me when I can see the pattern unfold from the top down, instead of from the center out in all directions.

All that being said, I do have a reel of this stuff. It's just like my fishing line. I was tempted to try it once, but never did. I just sort of practiced with it. Maybe I'll give it another shot. With my failing eyesight, I may not have to rip as much as I have been doing lately. It's worth a try.
by: susiebelle7 on 10/11/18
So glad you weren't just bored! I imagine some just skip it, they've read my blog soooo many times! 😊
by: VCESS on 10/11/18
KEVAN -- the largest project I have gridded was probably about 140 x 140. I did all the gridding before I started stitching. I didn't even think about the concept of gridding one section at a time. That was three or four years ago. Recently, I have only stitched pieces that are 80 x 80 or smaller. I grid everything at one time. If I travel, I take a few pieces to grid with me. Lighting in hotel rooms is not great for stitching.
by: NANCYE G on 10/11/18