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Friday, September 24, 2010

Where do I start?

Would you please tell me how far down to start stitching the Hardanger Christmas Tree design? I *think* I have enough fabric, but knowing how many threads (or inches) down from the top edge I should begin stitching would help ease my mind about starting.

Hello D,
For example:  See Holly and Berry Christmas Tree design notes on p 2
If you are using #32 count linen,  then your finished  piece will measure 5.37 inches across and 7.38 inches in length. 
If you are using #28 count linen, then your finished piece will measure 6.14 inches across and 8.43 inches in length.
Measure your fabric, subtract the length required, divide by 2 (one for the top border and one for the bottom border) and that will tell you how far down (or up) you are to begin.
See DESIGN AREA measurements for each design in the book.
I am pleased that you have chosen to stitch the pieces in this book.  They are some of my personal favorites! 
Best wishes,  Emie

If I'm understanding correctly, the 86x106 design area for the Hardanger Christmas Tree means 86 graph squares by 106 graph squares, which means 172 threads wide and 212 threads long for the *stitched area.*

But I need to know how much fabric to allow *above* the stitched area: if I don't allow enough fabric above the star motif, I may not have enough for the pattern on page 6 plus seam allowance, producing a tree with either a chopped-off crown or a star motif partially inside the seam allowance. BEGIN STITCHING THE STAR AT LEAST 3 INCHES FROM THE TOP OF THE FABRIC.

Does the following sound right to you?

The star motif is 18 squares wide, i.e. 36 threads wide. On 32-count fabric that is just over an inch and one-eighth wide. Where the top of the pattern on page 6 is about an inch and one-eighth wide is about an inch and five-eighths down from the top. Add three-quarters of an inch for the seam allowance to get two and three-eighths inches.  YOU CAN USE 1/2 INCH SEAM ALLOWANCE-- EVEN 1/4 INCH SEAM ALLOWANCE WILL BE ENOUGH.  ADJUST THE PATTERN ON P 6 AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED THE STITCHED PIECE

So I should arrange for the top of the star motif to be no closer to the top of my fabric than two and three-eighths inches, yes?  3  INCHES IS A SAFE MARGIN

Hi D, 
you've figured the number of threads correctly.  I've read and re-read your question....and I hope I understand you.  If your fabric is cut as large as I suggested in the "Design Area",  (11 X 13 or 12 X 14) there is an approximate 3 inch border all the way around.  It is more than enough so that you will not be cutting off the star motif.  You do not need to use 3/4 inch seam allowand. 1/2 or 1/4 inch will work.  My best suggestions  are:  center your design on the fabric and allow sufficient fabric for the length.  Once your stitching is complete, adjust the pattern on p 6 to fit the stitched piece.

Thanks very much for the help. Sorry I wasn't more clear in my first email about my exact concern.

Hi D,  no problem -- glad to help!  I have another suggestion:  knowing your concern about the stitching at the top, I think it would be possible -- even advisable -- to allow 1/4 inch or more at the top and have less border at the bottom.  So, you would begin stitching 31/2 inches down from the top of the fabric.   You definetly won't need 3 inches margin at the bottom.  But, if you've already begun.....  Anyway, let me know how you do.  Emie

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