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nah, it's not tough, but like Lady M said...it can be time consuming. I did counted cross stitch instead of stamped too! I miss doing it but I really can't focus w/ 4 kids saying "moooooom" every 5 mins.
 

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Originally posted by Kodie@Jan 13 2005, 07:59 AM
Thank you everyone for your advice!  It's SOOO HELPFUL!! 
  I will probably give it a try!  What do I have to lose. 
 
I JUST LOVE SM!



Originally posted by LadysMom@Jan 13 2005, 08:35 AM
I must confessed that I am absolutely addicted to counted cross stitch! I always have a project going and boy am I popular at Christmas when I give samplers as gifts!  I have also done Maltese cross stitch.

It's not hard, but you have to be a crafty, detail type person to enjoy it, I think.

Here's the link to my favorite online store. Click on search and enter "guitar" or even "music". I found a book of "one nighter" patterns by Jeanette Crews that has 38 musical instruments that might be fun for you to try:

http://www.stitchncountryinc.com/
Okay... i went to the web site.. i saw a few i liked after I searched music. They are real cheep only about $8 for one... I have a few stupid questions to ask you...
What am i buying when i purchase something on that web site... is it a kit? a pattern? thread? or is it the picture already made (haha)?
I'm totally NEW to this... sorry


Here is an example of one of the ones i liked...
What is this
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I pulled down the price thingy and it appears you have to buy the "chart" (directions) for 8$ and that includes the cute charms, and they are offering you the fabric for 9$ , frame for 33$ (you can find a frame at a Hobby Lobby for TONS cheaper)...I can't find if it comes w/ the thread but I imagine not since it isn't including the fabric. Usually "kits" include the fabric and thread. Thread is CHEAP and can be purchased at Wal Mart, craft store or Michaels...
 

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I think it's counted cross stitch. You are given a diagram ...I fold mine in half and half again the other way to find the middle, do the same on the fabric, ...that's my starting point. Stamped cross stitch has the pic already on it. Some people prefer that b/c you don't have to strain your eyes for the pattern as much but I am like caesar's mom, I prefer counted. Whatever you do, put masking tape on the outer edges to keep fraying of the fabric to a minimum. I wish we lived closer, I'd come over and show ya!
 

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Oh I see, the larger the count of your fabric, the tinier your x's appear. 18ct is the largest I think I've worked with. If you go to the store and look at 14ct Aida for example...the holes where your needle would go are much larger appearing than an 18ct. I love the higher count clothes, it just looks nicer but it can be a little more tedious.

edited to add, I would go to wal mart or craft store and buy a small sample kit. They are fairly cheap. Take a stab at it. It'll give you more confidence. The music one you had linked here looked fairly simple...designs can be very intense.
 

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Originally posted by Kodie@Jan 13 2005, 09:55 AM
Do you have a web site that shows you all the types of stitches?
I see in some patterns there is a a french knot, overcast edges... I have no idea how to do those.

nevermind.. hahahha... Ladysmom is way ahead of me!!  Thanx! 

One quick question... do the patterns always tell you which stitch to use??
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yes it does tell you which stitch to use...don't worry! Usually instructions will include any different stitch instructions
 
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