The Holbein part Jane’s band 8 is complete! Now that the puzzle is done (finding good “paths” so the stitching is double-sided), I’ve begun filling things in, but just barely. Might have enough progress to show you next week.
Now, can I pick your brain for a bit? Though I’m pretty sure I used a hoop or maybe a frame a million years ago when doing crewel work, I’ve always done cross stitch and counted thread stitching in hand, rolling the fabric to get to the current spot. Normally there’s no problem since most of what I stitch is fairly small.
Not so with Jane! The bottom of this band is 12 inches from the beginning, 14 from the top edge of the linen. And I’m only at the halfway point. (The stitching is 7 inches wide, in case you’re curious.)
When she waits in my stitching bag, Jane is rolled up. The unused linen stays pretty much rolled up while I work, but the stitched part has gotten to the point that it really flops around. Perhaps this is more of an issue with Jane because all the specialty stitching that fills in the flowers and things uses considerably more thread than plain cross stitch – relatively speaking, the stitched part is heavy.
In trying to keep control of the top, I tend to be rolling/folding/scrunching it up and tucking a bit of the top edge into the rolled part in my right hand.
My worry is that I’m going to mangle earlier stitching, or something even worse. Other than “go buy a scroll frame, silly,” do you have an idea of how to better control the top while working? Who else stitches in hand? How do you control larger pieces?
I appreciate your opinions!