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don't have enough Aida to finish
Fri, May 14, 2004 6:34 PM
Posted by Rain
Please help!! I know I should've made sure I had enough material for the pattern, and I was sure I was ok, but turns out I won't have enough : (
I'm halfway through this intricate, detailed pattern which has taken much time to do. Is there any way I can attach another piece of Aida cloth to my already existing cloth without it looking obvious so that I may finish my pattern? If anyone knows of a way I can do this smoothly and successfully, please, please let me know. I greatly appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you
  • Reply from Maria S.
    Sunday, May 16, 2004 3:39 PM
    This is a hard one, depending on how short you are with your fabric. I wouldn't add more aida myself. You could sew on strips of prewashed muslin. Attach it to your aida with a zig zag stitch. This would make it possible to frame your piece. You still could do this and have the framer use a mat. If the missing fabric is part of the design you perhaps could add aida if there is some sort of a stripe in your pattern. You have to be careful here because even though aida has the same number of squares from side to side and up and down, there can be a little differance in the size of the squares. They will not align properly. Kingsland Samplers years ago had a pattern using 2 colours of linen and these pieces were first stitched separately and then joined together with a back stitch and the seam trimmed. Good luck. Go to top
  • Reply from Karen
    Monday, May 17, 2004 2:25 PM
    I just did the same thing myself only on Jobelan on a piece that included bead work, etc. I just folded mine up and put it away, cause there is no known cure! It is disappointing, but it happens sometimes. I know you are heartbroken. I will say that it has taught me a lesson, and I will be extremely careful in the future. Go to top
  • Reply from xstitcher
    Tuesday, May 18, 2004 6:02 PM
    That happened to me a couple of years ago but I realized it before I finished the piece. I took it to my framers and he said he could frame it if I had it matted. I finished the piece, he framed it and I got 99 out of a 100 in a show. It can be done if you have a creative framer. Go to top
  • Reply from Patricia
    Thursday, May 20, 2004 9:57 AM
    Dear Rain, I have added Aida to Aida when I decided to make the pattern
    bigger after I've started (yes, I was an idiot!). The bottom line is to obtain a
    matching piece of Aida (from the same company, at least), figure out where
    best the seam should be placed to be mostly covered with stitches, then sew
    the two pieces together by hand using a running stitch through the holes
    and matching the holes exactly one to another. When stitching past the
    seam, you'll need to keep the seam allowances free and not have the back
    legs cross the seam (and, of course, you'll be stitching in the same holes in
    which you sewed the two pieces together). You have to stitch very patiently
    and carefully. Once the stitching is done, press the seam allowance flat (and
    I left about three blocks' worth of seam allowance so as to not have a big
    bump along the joining line).
    This works best if the stitching extends to the edge of the visible area, or if
    you can mat or border the stitched area so that the joined non-stitched
    borders of the Aida aren't visible.
    I've done the Kingsland sampler as well and although I wasn't thrilled to have
    to join materials, it works if one is very, very patient.

    The other alternative, if the piece lends itself, is to reduce the stitched area
    so that you actually have enough material. Can you leave out some of the
    design and still have a unified whole?

    I use the added-muslin trick for framing purposes all the time, using a
    double thickness of the muslin, since that way the original fabric isn't the
    one having the stretching stitches pulling at it. If the original fabric was
    actually big enough to stretch using its margins, its margins are
    underneath the muslin but not stretched. (If the stretching later wears/pulls
    and so forth, one doesn't have to deal with only having a small amount of
    original material for restretching as well.) Also, this means I can use pieces
    of beautiful (and expensive) fabric that are just barely large enough for the
    desired design.
    E-mail me direct if you want more specific advice about your particular
    piece. Good luck! Go to top

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    Reply from Elaine
    Thursday, May 20, 2004 4:20 PM
    This may seem crazy but why not try to splice a matching piece of aida with a very lightweight iron- on interfacing. Great care would have to be taken to align the weave. After carefully stitching over the iron-on area, cut away excess interfacing on back on work. It's possible the interfacing could work like waste canvas. It's better than starting over or never finishing.
    Elaine Go to top
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      Reply from Jennifer
      Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:29 PM
      Elaine I’ve had this issue and your suggestion was the first thought I had had. Have you ever done this to fix this problem it has anyone else in here tried this solution? Jennifer Go to top
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        Reply from JennyK
        Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:34 PM
        This is a very late reply but I wanted to check that there wasn't a better way these days!
        Jennifer, I have spliced a number of different fabrics over the years. . You need good lighting, good eyesight, and infinite patience to weave the threads in! It is possible, but there will always be a thicker piece in your work. If you haven't done it before then please experiment on some scrap fabric!! I am repairing a cushion cover for DGD and it's the only way. However, in my case I will be ironing on some interfacing afterwards to prevent it happening again. Incidentally, I did not make the cover. It was made as a gift for her by an elderly member of their church who obviously struggled with it. She ran out of Aida, added a piece and that's where the cover split.

        All the best, Elaine. I hope you didn't give up but that you now have a lovely piece of work.
        Jenny Go to top

        • Reply from JennyK
          Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:37 PM
          Sorry, got confused with who had the problem! My good wishes should have gone to Rain for her finish!
          J Go to top