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Back of work

by motherof4 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:56 pm

I'm working on a piece of work using a 10x10 grid which is using about 35-40 different similar colours, many colours are only used for 1 stitch then not used for about 25 squares and I'm sorry to say the back of my work looks like a nasty accident. I've been using the parking method but don't like carrying thread over a lot of squares. What is the best way to do individual coloured stitches.
 
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Re: Back of work

by Allyn » Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:09 pm

Welcome to the forum. :)

If you don't want to carry, I'd use the pinhead stitch to do individual stitches.
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The upside is you can put individual stitches in without jamming up completed stitched with the anchors of several colors. The downside is, it takes several actions to complete a stitch, which slows down stitching (but not too much if you only have a few) and it makes it hard to do regular anchors where you run the tail under completed stitches to finish off the color.

When parking, as long as those carries are captured under subsequent stitches, I'm okay carrying a thread across 25 'squares.' I can see, though, where others may not like doing that because it breaks the rules.
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Re: Back of work

by motherof4 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:45 pm

Thank you I will try the pin head stitch when I resume my project tomorrow.
 
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Re: Back of work

by fccs » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:58 am

Allyn wrote:
When parking, as long as those carries are captured under subsequent stitches, I'm okay carrying a thread across 25 'squares.' I can see, though, where others may not like doing that because it breaks the rules.


I'm with you. Rules be darned. :-)
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Re: Back of work

by Serinde » Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:27 am

As long as the long thread is eventually secured to the back by other stitches, I don't see any problem. The back of any design with that many colours in such a small space is going to look a bit messy, but as long as the threads are secure so they don't work loose, all's well. After all, presumably no one is going to see the back once it is finished.

When I 'park', I try to leave the colour threaded in a needle -- my theory is the little bit of weight keeps the thread straighter and so more easily and neatly covered as you progress with the design.
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Re: Back of work

by Lulu22 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:18 am

I always work the larger area's around the confetti first and then secure the individual stitches to these area's it works fine and doesn't look too messy, but the back doesn't matter so much to me!
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Re: Back of work

by kandifloss » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:34 am

I often carry across going thru other threads, have done pinhead tho. Depends on what you prefer.

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Re: Back of work

by rcperryls » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:31 pm

:wave: Hello and welcome to the forum from South Carolina!
fccs wrote:
Allyn wrote:
When parking, as long as those carries are captured under subsequent stitches, I'm okay carrying a thread across 25 'squares.' I can see, though, where others may not like doing that because it breaks the rules.


I'm with you. Rules be darned. :-)


I agree! I don't pay much attention to the back of my projects unless I am stitching something where the back will be seen (like an afghan). There is a reason it is called the "back".

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Re: Back of work

by richardandtracy » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:48 pm

When using a lot of colours with a great deal of confetti, the back will inevitably look like a catastrophe.

I cannot park with that number of on-going colours, though many can. I have finally accepted that there are going to be long trails on the back, but do try to tuck them in to the other threads - with parking that'll happen automatically though.
Unless it's a kit, there shouldn't really be an issue over floss usage & running out, so who cares what the back looks like? I do feel that anyone who ends up with a really neat back is probably not using enough colours. :wink:

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Re: Back of work

by wendywombat » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:47 pm

Anyone who looks at the back of your work before the front should be shown the Back Door!!! :lol:

The back of my work gets messy but I always think that it gives extra padding and therefore will give substance to the front! When I'm making cushion/pillow covers for instance I like to have a good thick padding on the reverse side :D
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Re: Back of work

by karen4bells » Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:04 pm

wendywombat wrote:Anyone who looks at the back of your work before the front should be shown the Back Door!!! :lol:


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Re: Back of work

by Roland » Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:34 pm

Allyn wrote:
When parking, as long as those carries are captured under subsequent stitches, I'm okay carrying a thread across 25 'squares.' I can see, though, where others may not like doing that because it breaks the rules.


As long as it's not a dark colour under a light, I'll go under quite a bit too. An advantage is, if your work will be used and require occasional washing, there are less loose ends to come loose.
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Re: Back of work

by motherof4 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:49 pm

Thank you all for your replies and your warm welcome :whoop:
 
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Re: Back of work

by Roland » Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:21 am

wendywombat wrote:Anyone who looks at the back of your work before the front should be shown the Back Door!!! :lol:


Years ago, I was sitting and stitching in the hospital while my son was in surgery. A woman was sitting watching me. Finally she came over and asked to see it. I showed her the picture and she said "no, the back". She actually blushed, but said she always looked at the back of stitching. So funny. So I showed it to her and she was quite impressed. Said my backside looked better than her front. :shock:
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Re: Back of work

by wendywombat » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:14 am

:whoop: Yay for neat backsides then! :wink:
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Re: Back of work

by Serinde » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:26 am

@ Roland: not sure I'd give much for my front or back... 8)

I happen to like neat backs, but I'm neither a fanatic about it, nor would I judge anyone about their approach to stitching. Casting stones and all that. :ribbit:
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