The Parking Method in Cross Stitch. Advanced Cross Stitch Techniques

The Parking Method in Cross Stitch. Advanced Cross Stitch Techniques

Posted by Tracey Kramer on 30th Mar 2015

The Parking Method Cross Stitch Method Defined: The “Parking Method” in counted cross stitch is one of the many advanced cross stitch techniques but is really quite simple. Once you learn it, you will never forget it. The Parking Method is simply a method that is used in situations where you have many color changes.

The Procedure: Basically, this parking method has been simplified in order to avoid creating lines in your finished pattern. You basically start with the first stitch in the first two grid blocks and stitch in that row wherever you see that symbol. If that symbol is carried over into an adjacent block, go where the color takes you and stitch across grid blocks and park when you’re ready to start a different color which would be in Row 1. Repeat the previous instructions in the remaining rows until all the symbols in the two 10 x 10 grids have been stitched. This method I just described has been modified because it was noted that if you stitch one 10 x 10 square at a time, you will end up with lines showing through creating the dreaded checkerboard effect.

After continuous working of this method, you will find continuous interweaving of the threads and this may become a little bulky. There is nothing wrong with that, and it will be just fine when everything is finished and you are ready to block the fabric. Using the Parking Method makes it easy to keep on track with your counting and makes it less likely that you will miss a stitch. Make sure you highlight the finished rows of stitches you have completed on your pattern.

Important Tip: You can avoid thread tangling if you keep the threads straight on the canvas and do not allow them to bunch together.

Benefits: If you mark your patterns with highlighters like I do, you will find that you’ll only need to use one color of highlighter to mark the finished 10 x 10 blocks as you finish them as there is no longer any need to color in minuscule spaces on your pattern for each stitch using a variety of different colored markers. This, in itself, saves time, energy, and the cost of having to purchase more and more markers to represent every color change.

Here are 2 great videos I found that furthshowstes "The Parking Method". I do not know everything there is to know about this method and love input from all sources.Here are 2 great videos I found that further demonstrates "The Parking Method". I do not claim to know everything there is to know about this method and love input from all sources. 

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