Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stitching Blogger's Question of the Week

This week’s SBQ is:

Do you railroad?

Yes. It's probably one of the reasons I am so slow. I don't use a laying tool, at least on cross stitch, though I do on needlepoint. I don't always railroad the bottom cross either, but I always railroad the top stitch by bringing the needle down through the middle of the two threads. About 95% of the time that is enough to have the top two threads lie parallel. A small percentage of the time they still twist and I might let it go or I might use my needle as a laying tool. What I will do is "fluff up" the stitches if I find that some of the stitches are not covering the fabric adequately. After much of the stitching is done in a section I will look back at it and see if there are any stitches that are really twisted enough to not properly cover. I will work my needle around them to see if I can make them lie flatter or cross differently to cover more. But railroading while top stitching is usually enough to make the thread cover.


Suzanne said...

Do you know, that in all the years I have been cross stitching, I have never heard this term. I suppose that I have never paid attention to how my threads lie. I have pulled out some of my stitching and most of my stitches do railroad. Lucky hey!

Barbeeque4 said...

Hi Kathryn,

I really enjoy and look forward to your comments!!! Keep them coming!!

That is a great bumper sticker, I have never seen it but how funny.

Don't get me wrong about the beach, I think it can be beautiful especially at dawn or dusk, or during a is just the "laying out" and the baking in the sun, such a waste of time!!! And actually traveling to a beach for vacation, I'd rather stick a fork in my eye!! :)

I really like the monochromatic and structured nature of the Quaker pieces, as you could tell. I really could never see myself doing a picture or painting or fantasy piece, that would make me crazy, but I can appreciate that others do them and do them really very well. That is why x-stitching is so nice there is such a cornucopia of designs and charts to do that there is something for everybody.

Have a great weekend!!


tkdchick said...

Good for you for railraoading! I'm too impatient!

Chiasmata said...

I do the same thing - railroad the top stitch. I really do notice the difference when I get lazy and don't railroad, so it keeps me in the habit.