A Rainbow Checkerboard
Diagonal Challenge #1There are six challenges to be posted on the Official HAED Facebook page this year. The first challenge involved stitching 1000 stitches in 10x10 diagonal blocks. I pulled out Rainbow Girl for this and it was nice to change things up and work differently to normal!
A Game of Chess!I don't usually park but it made sense to do so when working in blocks. Even though lines are not meant to form working diagonally, I still felt slightly apprehensive about the possibly of this happening. I figured parking may lessen the risk by helping to even out the tension between squares.
Although I kind of like the checkerboard effect, overall I didn’t take to this way of stitching and found it more time consuming than my usual preferred cross country method. I didn’t enjoy being confined to working in blocks... Having to stay in the box drove me crazy lol! I did like the fact I wasn’t reaching for floss bobbins much when working all the parked threads back in though… If parking again I would most likely not stitch in blocks and would work over a larger area.
Threads filled in:
There were thankfully no very obvious lines left in the work from the block stitching. However, I still believe there is a tendancy for lines to develop when stitching in blocks, as there were a few faint subtle lines left after filling in. These are not too much of a concern though as they look faint enough to wash and iron out. They are definitely not as dramatic as the lines that form from working in straight columns. In my opinion this makes diagonal blocks a better option than straight columns for stitchers who do enjoy working in blocks!
Magnetic IdeasIn the Challenge, I found magnets were very handy for holding parked threads out of the way. I only had small magnets handy but larger flat ones would probably be easier to work with. Magnetic needleminders also work great for holding back parked threads.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve also been using magnets to hold my charts to the fabric. This reduces paper shuffling when turning the frame over and moving around. I've found magnets very handy to work with and definitely recommend trying them out!
I’m really looking forward to the next challenge and can’t wait to find out what it is! There is still time to enter the first challenge as it doesn't close until the 15th March.