Well, I did stitch (more like prep) on my HAED Thursday for just a little while. My fabric is fine, but it's really crooked, so that the top left has three inches, but the bottom left has about 2-1/4". I'm really a little surprised with this, but it's ok. I started gridding (who knew it would take so long?) I got tired of doing nothing but that, so quit and started stitching the first little part. I can't believe the difference the gridding makes - so much easier to find where to stitch. After putting some stitches in, I believe that I like 1 strand over 25 more than two, which means I have to remove the stitching I've done. Does the fact that this is black fabric make that much difference - I think it could, so I'm still in the playing stage. I do have a question. How does everyone keep track of what symbol stands for what color on each page? I feel as if I'll have to keep looking for all these symbols on the sheets constantly. Also, when you park with somewhat like colors, how do you remember which is which, assuming you have a lot of different colored threads? I thought about a magnet Loran or something like that and keeping needles threaded with the color labeled and putting the symbol above the color, too.
Everyone's work is so beautiful and is such an encouragement.