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## Assisi and Long Arm Cross Stitch

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• Hello everyone, I m a newbie to this group! *wave* I want to do an Assisi work table runner, using long arm cross stitch and have come across a problem. It s
Message 1 of 6 , Feb 20, 2011
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Hello everyone,

I'm a newbie to this group! *wave*

I want to do an Assisi work table runner, using long arm cross stitch and have come across a problem. It's kind of hard to describe.

I work the first row, L to R, no problems. For the second row, I work it R to L, doing the long arm xs in exactly the same way.

But as I continue with more rows I notice that it is forming almost "stripes" - there is a noticeable ridge and valley forming between rows 2/3, rows 4/5, etc.

Is that supposed to happen?

Or is the second row, R to L, supposed to be worked differently from the L-R one?

I have searched the internet, libraries, drawn it out on graph paper until I am cross-eyed and still cannot work out what I am doing wrong. The only references I can find say to work it L to R. But surely you don't work every single row L to R do you? That sounds like a very long winded and awkward way to do it.

I am hoping that someone can please help me with this dilemma, as it is driving me CrazY!

Many thanks for your kind assistance,

Rosamond
• But as I continue with more rows I notice that it is forming almost stripes - there is a noticeable ridge and valley forming between rows 2/3, rows 4/5, etc.
Message 2 of 6 , Feb 21, 2011
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But as I continue with more rows I notice that it is forming almost
"stripes" - there is a noticeable ridge and valley forming between rows 2/3,
rows 4/5, etc.

Is that supposed to happen?

---Definitely yes so it depends on what the finished look you are going
for, if you do not want the "ridges" that look like braides then all rows
have to stitched starting at the same end.....

Catherine, Regina Occidentalis
• I ve seen this in period work. I m at work now, but I believe there is a period fragment in Susan Siegler book about patterns from the Metropolitan Museum
Message 3 of 6 , Feb 22, 2011
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I've seen this in period work. I'm at work now, but I believe there is a period fragment in Susan Siegler' book about patterns from the Metropolitan Museum that shows long armed cross stitch stitched like this.

~Fionna, lurker from Calontir

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• You may want to watch this video on Long Arm Cross Stitch through the How To History website - I think the way she is doing her stitches will result in the
Message 4 of 6 , Feb 22, 2011
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You may want to watch this video on Long Arm Cross Stitch through the How To History website - I think the way she is doing her stitches will result in the same effect you are seeing.

http://www.howtohistory.com/2011/02/top-ten-medieval-embroidery-stitches-9-long-armed-cross-stitch/

It is explained by Mistress Briony of Chatham, East Kingdom. She has posted videos for 10 common embroidery stitches.

http://www.howtohistory.com is authored by Mistress Mira (OL) and Syr Cedric (OC, OL). If you "like" How To History on facebook there are some links posted that are not available on the website. The original videos are posted to YouTube.

Lisa / Bryn Millar
East Kingdom
• Hello everyone, Sorry for the delay in relying - I ve had internet connection issues. :( Thank you so much for all your help regarding long arm cross stitch -
Message 5 of 6 , Feb 25, 2011
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Hello everyone,

Sorry for the delay in relying - I've had internet connection issues. :(
Thank you so much for all your help regarding long arm cross stitch - you've helped save my sanity! At least I now know it's not me being stupid.

I do kind of like the braided effect, but most examples that I have seen online don't appear to have the braids - they all seem quite smooth.

I did find a way to work from R to L and not end up with the braided effect. I found that if I changed the direction of the long arm on the return row, then it was smoother without ridges and valleys.

1st Row: Long arm goes from bottom left to top right, Return row: Long arm goes from bottom right to top left.

But it might not be period so I'm going to work all the rows L to R. *sigh*.

Many thanks for your help, Rosamond

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• I forgot to add... The other thing I was wondering is about the back of the work. I ve not managed to find any pics of extant examples showing the back. Does
Message 6 of 6 , Feb 25, 2011
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I forgot to add...

The other thing I was wondering is about the back of the work. I've not managed to find any pics of extant examples showing the back. Does anyone know if all the threads were vertical on the back without a single thread out of place, or were there some diagonal threads as they skipped a square or two?

Thanks, Rosamond

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