XS on Afghan stitch

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Jenn Vanderslic » Thu, 27 Jan 2000 04:00:00



I just taught myself how to crochet in an afghan stitch and am now ready
to move on to adding cross-stitch (and no....I don't
cross-stitch...never have...but know the general idea).
I'm wondering, for those of you who have done this before.....do you
usually use the same weight/ply yarn for the xstitch that you used to
crochet the square?  I tried one square in 4ply yarn and the xstitched
looked bulky.  Is it possible to use DMC or would it be too light?
TIA!
Love,
Jenn

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XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Laurie Graha » Thu, 27 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> I just taught myself how to crochet in an afghan stitch and am now ready
> to move on to adding cross-stitch (and no....I don't
> cross-stitch...never have...but know the general idea).
> I'm wondering, for those of you who have done this before.....do you
> usually use the same weight/ply yarn for the xstitch that you used to
> crochet the square?  I tried one square in 4ply yarn and the xstitched
> looked bulky.  Is it possible to use DMC or would it be too light?
> TIA!
> Love,
> Jenn

If you used a worsted weight or even a DK yarn for the afghan, you can
use DMC at either all 6 or 4 strands (experiment and see which gives the
coverage you want).  Perle cotton is another option.  Tapestry wools
will work too.  There are also rayon and silk threads you can use.  A
visit to a needlepoint store will be a real eye-opener!

Laurie
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XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Marily » Thu, 27 Jan 2000 04:00:00


I have always used the same yarn as the background but you could use a sport
weight or baby yarn to do your cross-stitching.  Make a small test swatch of
the afghan and practice with the different yarns to see which gives you the
one you like the best.   I would stay away from the embroidery floss as I
had problems years ago with it shrinking when I washed the afghan and then I
really had a puckered mess.

Hope this helps.

Marilyn

 
 
 

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Dianne Lewandowsk » Thu, 27 Jan 2000 04:00:00


I have a 55-plus year-old baby blanket that was cross stitched with
rayon threads on a wool ground Tunisian stitch.  It is still going
strong, though the rayon lining has rotted away, and some of the rayon
threads have worked their way loose.  Such is the problem with rayon
threads.

I have worked with tapestry and crewel yarns.  Also floss.  And have had
no trouble or problems with any of them.  But I don't buy off-brand
floss - only DMC, Anchor or one of the noted new flosses such as Needle
Necessities Overdyed.  And I don't buy cheaper yarns, which can also
make a HUGE difference in the outcome.  Floss can be quite beautiful on
these finished works - so don't limit yourself.

The problems with using tapestry yarns is that the ground can get quite
stiff and bulky - and become quite heavy.  But if it is the look you
want - go for it.

There is a way to cross stitch on Tunisian that is almost invisible on
the back.

Dianne

Quote:

> I have always used the same yarn as the background but you could use a sport
> weight or baby yarn to do your cross-stitching.  Make a small test swatch of
> the afghan and practice with the different yarns to see which gives you the
> one you like the best.   I would stay away from the embroidery floss as I
> had problems years ago with it shrinking when I washed the afghan and then I
> really had a puckered mess.

> Hope this helps.

> Marilyn

 
 
 

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by < » Fri, 28 Jan 2000 04:00:00


well how do you do it, I am making my brother a throw and having to do cross
stitch on it, and would really like to know how.
GG

Quote:
> I have a 55-plus year-old baby blanket that was cross stitched with
> rayon threads on a wool ground Tunisian stitch.  It is still going
> strong, though the rayon lining has rotted away, and some of the rayon
> threads have worked their way loose.  Such is the problem with rayon
> threads.

> I have worked with tapestry and crewel yarns.  Also floss.  And have had
> no trouble or problems with any of them.  But I don't buy off-brand
> floss - only DMC, Anchor or one of the noted new flosses such as Needle
> Necessities Overdyed.  And I don't buy cheaper yarns, which can also
> make a HUGE difference in the outcome.  Floss can be quite beautiful on
> these finished works - so don't limit yourself.

> The problems with using tapestry yarns is that the ground can get quite
> stiff and bulky - and become quite heavy.  But if it is the look you
> want - go for it.

> There is a way to cross stitch on Tunisian that is almost invisible on
> the back.

> Dianne


> > I have always used the same yarn as the background but you could use a
sport
> > weight or baby yarn to do your cross-stitching.  Make a small test
swatch of
> > the afghan and practice with the different yarns to see which gives you
the
> > one you like the best.   I would stay away from the embroidery floss as
I
> > had problems years ago with it shrinking when I washed the afghan and
then I
> > really had a puckered mess.

> > Hope this helps.

> > Marilyn

 
 
 

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Dianne Lewandowsk » Fri, 28 Jan 2000 04:00:00


For almost invisible cross stitch on Tunisian grounds:

On the front side, there is a chain that is horizontal (between the
vertical bars). On the reverse side, a loopy surface.  You go between
these surfaces, only picking up the horizontal "chain".  Use a tapestry
needle.

Don't go straight up and down the holes next to the vertical bars.
You'll get the usual stitches that show on the backside.

It's hard to explain - but if you have a piece in front of you, and a
needle/thread in hand, you can experiment a bit and then see what I'm
talking about.

This *does* create a problem in that - if you pull your thread too
tightly - your cross stitches won't meet the next row of stitches.  So
you must stitch a little more loosely.

Most persons who cross stitch on these grounds have pretty sorry backs
the first time they do a project.  Mine included <grin>.  But then I
caught on to the directions (which were not any clearer than what I just
said to you even though graphics accompanied them).  If messy backs
become a problem - just line the darn thing.  But if you play around a
bit (perhaps on a 15-stitch by 10 row sample piece), you'll soon see
exactly how this works.

With complicated patterns and lots of thread colors, it's still not easy
to have perfectly neat backs.  But using this method, they will be so
neat you won't feel the need to back them.

Dianne

> well how do you do it, I am making my brother a throw and having to do cross
> stitch on it, and would really like to know how.
> GG

 
 
 

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Joan Koste » Sat, 29 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> For almost invisible cross stitch on Tunisian grounds:

....snipped....

Quote:

> Dianne

Thank you, Dianne!  I was going to ask, too, but GG beat me too it.

After your last post (where you tossed out that little teaser <G>), I
looked at my current WIP, which happens to be a Tunisian afghan that
calls for embroidered hearts, and this is exactly what I thought you
must have meant.  Glad to see it in print, though, as now I have
something to save in my files!

When I've got the panels finished (five panels of 7 motifs, and I'm 3
days behind on this!) I'll be doing a sample piece to practice the cross
stitch on.

Joan K.

 
 
 

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Mirjam Bruck Cohe » Wed, 02 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Try and find the McCallCrochet Treasury, by the ed. of McCall`s Simon&
Schuster any year [ it had several reprints]
it has several Cross stiched Afghan projects with pictures! mirjam
 
 
 

XS on Afghan stitch

Post by Mirjam Bruck Cohe » Wed, 02 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Try and find the McCallCrochet Treasury, by the ed. of McCall`s Simon&
Schuster any year [ it had several reprints]
it has several Cross stiched Afghan projects with pictures! mirjam
 
 
 

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