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I am stumped by an EXTREMELY complex pattern which, when finished, will be a gorilla family. The pattern consists of 30 different numbers and symbols, most of which are stitched one at a time. How do I finish each stitch? Do I tie them off in the back? How do I keep track of the various flosses? I'm so confused that I can't even relate my problem clearly. I would really appreciate some advice. -- Dennise Gannon from La Conner
- 1. get a piece of cardboard and punch holes at the sides - separate the floss into colors and thread into each hole - make sure you put the color number or name next to it 2. you do not tie the back - you thread the floss under already done stitches in the back 3. I try to do a section with each color - probably have to bring the floss to the color area from the back 4. use a highlighter to mark off what you have stitched Is that explanation understandable? -- Pauline from Barnegat, NJ -- Dec 29
- I do exactly what dennise suggests, but I make two pieces of cardboard. one for untouched threads and one for partial pieces of threads, so that when I run into a section where I maybe need only 4 stitches of a specific color, I can check my partial board first to see if I have a few leftover pieces of thread. -- jamie from montana -- Feb 14
- I also put the symbol next to the color number and if the pattern is complex grid out the pattern I just learned how to do this and I makes it much easier to catch errors. -- Karen Reilly from Sunapee -- Feb 18
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