I get several emails when I post pictures like this one asking, "How do you stitch this way??". So I thought I would do a picture tutorial of how my mind works. I hope this helps a little. The design I chose to show you is my Mystic Stitch - Augusta the 13th hole. As you can tell I like to stitch in a stair step process because it is easier for me to keep up with 10 x 10 grids. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
As you may know, I am a math teacher so when I look at a cross stitch chart, I see a coordinate grid. I see 10 x 10 grids and that is how we start.
1. Start in the upper left hand corner 10 x 10 grid. The first symbol here is a square which is DMC 310.
As you can see I am picking up in the upper left hand corner where there is already a thread hanging from a previous stitching round. I use that thread and stitch every square symbol in the 10 x 10 grid.
2. Carry that thread into the 10 x 10 grid below the one you just filled in, bring the thread up into the bottom left hole and drop the thread....as you can see in the picture below, I have a black thread started in the next grid.
3. find the next symbol and start the process over again. If you see below my next symbol is an *. This is color 3371 and I will stitch all the * in my current grid. If you look at the picture above, you will see that I have a brown thread waiting for me to pick up and use to stitch.
As you can see below, I have filled in all the * symbols and now have to move on to the next symbol. Which is a ). I have a thread already there and will just fill it in.
If you need to see the grid for the ), here it is......
The process is continuing. If you notice below, I have several threads in the bottom 10 x 10 grid, this is because I was at the bottom of the page and I carried over from the left 10 x 10 grid to the grid on the right beside it. I hate wasting thread so that is why there is extra threads.
Filled in 98% of my 10 x 10 grid...just have 2 more squares to go!!!
Here is the filled in chart in case you want to see it.
All filled in!!!! I have stitched my 10 x 10 grid and can move on to the next one!!!!!!
I truly hope this helps some of you with understanding on how I stitch my BAP's. You now have a small glimpse into my stitching mind!!!!