Stitching an Image without the Background

If you ever want to just stitch a pattern without the background, you will need to find the center of the pattern. I would lay the pattern out on a table or a clean floor page by page and find the centermarks. Lay your pattern out on a flat surface placing pages adjacent to each other until you reach the end of the stitch count. For instance, for the pattern Erin Isle, pages 1, 2 and 3 would be placed next to each other as your 10 x 10 grid squares are numbered from 0 to 126. Now that you’re at the end of the stitch count, then place the next pages (pages 4, 5, and 6) underneath pages 1, 2 and 3 likewise. Next, place pages 7, 8 and 9 underneath pages 4, 5 and 6. (This will allow you to see the whole image of the pattern). Find the top centermark and the side centermark. Using your finger of your right hand, place it on the top centermark and place your finger on your left hand on the side centermark, move your finger on your right hand down and your finger on your left hand to the right, and where those two centermarks intersect or meet, that is the exact center of your pattern. When you find the exact center of the pattern, then start stitching there and work your way OUT FROM THE CENTER. Make sure you have also found the center of your fabric when you start stitching. To Find the Center of Your Fabric: (Fold the fabric in half and then in quarters and the center of that is where you stitch on your fabric). As you are working, when you start to notice the stitches going beyond the image that are actually the background, don't work these and then you will have your center image stitched.












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