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Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine 1995
Wed, Oct 14, 2020 12:01 PM
Posted by Angela Hoffmann
I am about to start the Lily Sampler (page 5 of March/April 1995 Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine).
There does not seem to be any indication as to how many threads are used for the actual cross stitching. The back stitching shows (2X), except for the Coffee Brown. Is that also (2X)?

Should I assume that the cross stitches are (3X)?
Just wondering if anyone has done this chart or if the magazine/designer could let me know. Thanks so much.

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    Reply from Anita
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:06 PM
    I have this issue and can't seem to find the answers to your question. However, I have found that the number of strands used in a design depends on the count size of the fabric used. For example, 14 count I use 2 strands, 18 count 2 stands, and 22 count 1 strand. As for the back stitch I only use 1 strand unless I want something to stand out then I'll use 2 strands. I hope this helps.

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    • Reply from Angela H
      Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:34 PM
      Thanks for the response. I usually use 28ct or 32ct linen, over two, with all my projects. The Lily Sampler I am using 28 ct.
      I think that it depends on what the designer intended. I just finished “Noah’s Voyage” (Nov/Dec 1992-Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine) That project was on 29ct., over two, with three strands of floss. Of course, it is a child’s toy sampler, so 3 strands would be appropriate, in my eyes.
      Personally, I like a more delicate look to my projects.
      So, I could do the Lily Sampler with two threads and keep the back stitching all with one thread. I just wanted to be true to what the designer intended.
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