XS Afghans

XS Afghans

Post by Kat22 » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00



I couldn't resist and bought another leaflet today.  I always wanted to do xs
on a afghan, but never found a pattern I liked.  The one I bought is called The
Cat Afghan designed by Norma Brown.  The site to see a picture of it is
www.graphworks.com Book 41.  If you are a cat lover you'll want this one.  Now
I don't know any tips on how to work with sooo much fabric and any help would
be appreciated.  It appears I'll be doing this in hand.  I guess I could use my
Q-snaps around the square I'm working but don't know what to do with that lump
of fabric around it.  I guess this will be a challenge.  Any tips for those who
had taken the challenge I would like your input.

Kathy M
Dallas, TX

 
 
 

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Post by Edy Fenste » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi Kathy...

I have stitched many afghans, for me, the kids, the guild, etc.  My
suggestion is YES, use Q-snaps.  They will make the area you are stitching
taut and easier to stitch on.  

As to the bulk of fabric, I usually stitch the center squares first as they
are the most difficult to reach, and that way you are not crushing areas
you have already stitched.  When I stitch the outer squares, I often turn
both the pattern (chart) and fabric upside down, so that I have the least
amount of fabric to my right, and can work my hand more easily that
way...is that clear?  Try it and you will see what I mean.  I also use a
stab method when I stitch so it is important that my right hand can move
freely from top to underside of my work.  

In addition, I keep my backs as neat as humanly possible, and finish the
afghans by simply fringing them...I have never backed an afghan.  

Edy in NYC



Quote:
> I couldn't resist and bought another leaflet today.  I always wanted to
do xs
> on a afghan, but never found a pattern I liked.  The one I bought is
called The
> Cat Afghan designed by Norma Brown.  The site to see a picture of it is
> www.graphworks.com Book 41.  If you are a cat lover you'll want this one.
 Now
> I don't know any tips on how to work with sooo much fabric and any help
would
> be appreciated.  It appears I'll be doing this in hand.  I guess I could
use my
> Q-snaps around the square I'm working but don't know what to do with that
lump
> of fabric around it.  I guess this will be a challenge.  Any tips for
those who
> had taken the challenge I would like your input.

> Kathy M
> Dallas, TX


 
 
 

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Post by AliasLi » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00


OK, I'm delurking.  I'm a former RCTNer from a few years ago, thought I would
jump back in....  (If someone wants to let me know the ettiquette for
de-lurking, feel free!)

I'm just about done w/ my 1st afghan project -- old fashioned toys/alphabet.
It's a baby gift for my newest niece/nephew due next month.  :^)  I've been
working on it for 1.5 years, amazingly enough.  I have really enjoyed this
project, it is challenging but not too much, the colors are GREAT, and I think
it will be a welcome gift.  I didn't use my frame, I just did the work in hand.
 No problems at all.  This was over two, w/ 4-ply.  (Can't remember the count &
too lazy to go check!)  I'll be starting the fringe in a few more days, I'm
VERY nervous as I've never done anything like that before!  :^)

Happy stitching!

Quote:
>I don't know any tips on how to work with sooo much fabric and any help would
>be appreciated.  It appears I'll be doing this in hand.  I guess I could use
>my
>Q-snaps around the square I'm working but don't know what to do with that
>lump
>of fabric around it.  I guess this will be a challenge.  Any tips for those
>who
>had taken the challenge I would like your input.

>Kathy M
>Dallas, TX

~~Lucy~~

 
 
 

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Post by Liesc » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00


 >.  It appears I'll be doing this in hand.  I guess I could use my

Quote:
> >Q-snaps around the square I'm working but don't know what to do with that
> >lump
> >of fabric around it.

For afghans, tree skirts, or any other extra large piece of fabric that
won't go in my scroll frames, I use Q snaps with bag clips holding up the
fabric not in the Q snaps.  I bought 5 or 6 of the extra large bag clips,
the type you might use for a bag of potato chips or cereal.  When not using
them for my cross stitch, the clips are kept in my sewing room and all
family members know it would mean their death if they every used MY
clips.o:)

Rita Liesch

 
 
 

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Post by Tbail » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I've done afghans for newly-minted family members since my grandmother had to
give up the tradition of making one for each newborn.   I've used 3-6 strands
over two of afghan cloth, always stitching in hand and using the sewing method
(I'm normally a 2-handed stitcher, stab method, on Q-snaps).  Had no troubles
with the afghans...they came out looking great and were a nice break from those
itty bitty threads on 28-36 count linen <grin>

Good Luck
Tess

Quote:
>.  It appears I'll be doing this in hand.  I guess I could use my
>Q-snaps around the square I'm working but don't know what to do with that
>lump
>of fabric around it.  I guess this will be a challenge.  Any tips for those
>who
>had taken the challenge I would like your input.

 
 
 

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Post by Maureenp » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Rita,
I did an anniversary afghan (over 3 years) of 12 squares and used large hair
clips, the kind to hold french twist in, to hold the extra fabric.  They were
large enough to clip the fabric to the side of the Q-snap.  It worked great.
Good luck, it's a big project.

Maureen

 
 
 

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Post by JPag » Sun, 18 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
(Kat22oo) writes:
> I guess I could use my
>Q-snaps around the square I'm working but don't know what to do with that
>lump
>of fabric around it.  

That's how I'm working "An Afghan of Birds".  So far (first block), the
fabric's not too much in the way.

Jacqueline
Morgantown WV
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WIPs: TW's "Fl***Bell Pull"
"An Afghan of Birds" by Graphworks International Inc.
Just Nan's "Collaboration Sampler, Part III", done on perf paper as a birthday
card for my Mom

 
 
 

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Post by Kat22 » Sun, 18 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>That's how I'm working "An Afghan of Birds".  So far (first block), the
>fabric's not too much in the way.

>Jacqueline
>Morgantown WV
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Hi Jacqueline.  Did you use the recommended Zweigart Hearthside Afghan Fabric
or something else?

Kathy M
Dallas, TX