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Black cloth help
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radolini63 message #1
Black cloth help
May 14, 2021 at 3:01:30 PM
 
So, I started a new project today on black 16 count aida and I can't see to follow the grid!  I had 18 ct linen and knew that would be impossible, so went with the other and I still have a problem.  Any tips for using black cloth?  I may go to 14 ct and see if that helps.


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #2
Re: Black cloth help
May 15, 2021 at 1:21:54 AM  (in response to radolini63 message #1)
 
I had the same problem with black linen! I was so thrilled with not having to make fractional stitches because I was using linen, then discovered how hard it was to see the stitches. Cry I never finished the project.
Things that were suggested to me at the time were to use something light on my work surface (LOL, mostly my lap) and another way is to light up a work surface (such as a light showing on the lighter colored item on your work surface). You can also try a bright work light shining on the fabric itself, something with a bulb made for closeup work. A magnifier could help, too. (I did not have more than the fabric to put on my lap back then.)
Some of the solutions aren't easy and some can be pricey (like a really good closeup work light), but they do tend to help. Kiss
The advantage is that if you can work it out, anything stitched on black fabric looks soooo stunning! Kiss I had finished other black fabric items back when my eyes were far better and seeing on black didn't drive me nuts.



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radolini63 message #3
Re: Black cloth help
May 16, 2021 at 2:00:24 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #2)
 
Years ago, I did a cheetah on black and absolutly love it....my poor old eyes just aren't the same anymore.  Thank you for the suggestions.  I'm going to try very hard not to give up the ship on this one, but it's certainly not going to be easy.


 
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Re: Black cloth help
May 16, 2021 at 6:24:33 PM  (in response to radolini63 message #3)
 
No doubt, the cheetah must be gorgeous! Kiss But yeah, we get older and that black fabric is so incredibly hard to see.
Hope you find a good solution. Kiss



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radolini63 message #5
Re: Black cloth help
May 18, 2021 at 4:59:23 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #4)
 
Well I gave it up, going to get a lighter fabric.  I hate quitting, but I found a mistake and that was that.  I got very frustrated when it called for black thread, but figured I would work around that....however, the mistake I made was too much for me.  It pushed me over the edge Tongue  


 
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Re: Black cloth help
May 19, 2021 at 6:43:46 PM  (in response to radolini63 message #5)
 
I'm so sorry, and I completely understand...I gave up on the last project on black, too. Cry It's such a crying shame because black fabric looks sooooo gorgeous, but it's just too hard on the eyes. Cry


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radolini63 message #7
Re: Black cloth help
May 24, 2021 at 2:51:16 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #6)
 
I found a color called chalk board black and it's easier on the eyes...going to give it a shot.


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #8
Re: Black cloth help
May 24, 2021 at 10:19:28 PM  (in response to radolini63 message #7)
 
That's fantastic! Thanks for posting about it. Kiss Is it more of a dark gray shade? Maybe that's the key to my unfinished projects on black...would be great if there's a better solution than just leaving the stuff in the penalty corner! Wink


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radolini63 message #9
Re: Black cloth help
May 25, 2021 at 2:24:11 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #8)
 
Yes, it's a dark dark gray.  I got 14 aida and even stitching black on it is much easier.  I say give it a go!  Worth a shot anyway.


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #10
Re: Black cloth help
May 26, 2021 at 12:48:26 AM  (in response to radolini63 message #9)
 
I agree! Kiss Thank you so much...it sounds like a great solution...and an eye saver!


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