One of my longer term projects at the moment is a stitch sampler, I started it about 15 months ago with the idea of learning lots of new stitches and having a record of them to remind me. I’ve made it a bit more of a journal by adding special days or place-names of where I’ve stitched pages, I’ve also used a different DMC variegated thread for each one and a selection of permin evenweave linens, which is where I think my problem has arisen…
I’m pretty sure they are all Permin as the first two I stitched look like the same colour I stitched the Lizzie Stitching Wallet in, which was called French Lace and the rest are definitely left from my Tall Square Etui box.. Each double page page is 90 stitches by 130 stitches, edged with back-stitch ready for me to whip-stitch them together.
Over the last month I’ve started stitching them together, my original idea was to add tiny beads as I go, luckily I abandoned this idea in favour of finishing the book! Fortunately I also started in the middle, the pages are in chronological order so I double checked the order of pages. I added some interfacing to the pages just to give them a bit of body and then whip-stitched along, the 5 and 10 stitch markers I added came in very useful in keeping the pages aligned. I stopped a few stitches from the centre to give a little movement, though I might stitch these a bit close later.
My problem came when I tried to stitch the first two pages on, which were stitched I think on the French Lace Permin. They were too big!!! My first thought was that I’d mis-counted. I double checked and they were definitely 90 by 130 stitches. I wondered if I had bought 28 count in error instead of 32 count, no it was 32 count. When I looked more closely (two double page spreads are the same fabric) the pages were the correct size across, it was only the vertical side that was too big. It’s quite a difference too, about 5-6mm.
The only logical reason I could think of is that the weft and the warp are slightly different counts. I’ve just measured a 32 thread square and over an inch there does appear to be one thread difference, which clearly adds up over 90 threads!
The concern I have now is whether this was just a dodgy length, or is this standard, after all, if I was just stitching one big picture I wouldn’t know any different. If it is standard then I need to check with any similar project that I’m always stitching in the same direction!
I’ve just checked the Tall Year Square Etui sides and they fit together!! Phew!
If anyone has any ideas or experience of this, I’d be interested. In the meantime I’ve stitched another back-stitch line (seen on photo above) and reduced the size of the top or bottom margins. I’ve one more page to finish, then just a front an back page and it’s finished, hopefully it will be happy dance time in the next month or so!