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Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
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gipsyqueen51 message #1
Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
May 25, 2014 at 10:42:37 PM
 
First of all love this patternmaker!!! New to beading and in for the long haul.. Friend nagged me for years to daubble in jewelry making but I would yawn at her lol.  But i got a bug a few months ago and can't put it down.  This wiz is a god send.  Thanks!
 
1) but riddle me this.  when i am doing a square bead stitch how do i read the pattern?  length or height? I flip my square stitch after each row so how do i need to read my pattern.  if i start at top as row one and work down i flip my work and do what next? work from the top again?   If you dont understand my SQ ask me to 'slpain again  but really confused on pattern reading/following
And...
2) I want to make a beaded cuff bracelet Of the Seattle Seahawks logo (GO HAWKS) and don't need it  45 beads tall or 80 wide.  how to make smaller if possible?

thanks Mary


 
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Re: Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
May 26, 2014 at 2:10:20 AM  (in response to gipsyqueen51 message #1)
 
Mary,

You're very, very welcome!  We love to hear that people are getting good use out of our program!  Smile

Your questions are very, very good...not dumb at all!

I personally work square stitch side to side, meaning I work each colomn of beads from left to right or right to left.  Which is not to say someone couldn't work, say, top to bottom or bottom to top...it's simply a personal choice, though they'd have to switch their graph to loom for that, of course, as beads are wider than they are high.

If you're flipping your work, yes, you're going to have to change the orientation of the way you read your chart, as well.  Normally what you do with any type of chart is to read it the opposite way every other row.  For instance, when I work a crochet project, I work from one side to the other, and then odd and even rows will each work the opposite way, so I need to remember to read the chart the opposite way.  So, say you're working a square stitch chart and you start with the rightmost column...you'd then work your first column, and then if you decided to flip it thereafter, you'd read the chart the opposite way, reading it from bottom to top or top to bottom, depending on where you are.  I hope that's clearer than mud?  UndecidedSmile  (Also, as you start to see your pattern develop, you'll have a better idea of which way you're going, though it may help to mark your pattern with arrows so at first you know which way is which for which row.)

You can change the number of stitches across to less than 80 by choosing this option in #6:
"I wish to enter my desired count - Number of stitches desired: __ stitches"
and entering your desired number in the box.  You may or may not find the results are what you want.  If not, I'd suggest is manipulating your image in a graphics program before sending it through the Free Pattern Wizard.  If you don't have a graphics program, there is a free one called Gimp, available here:
http://www.gimp.org/

Hope that helps!  Smile


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gipsyqueen51 message #3
Re: Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
May 28, 2014 at 12:21:31 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #2)
 
I stand in a daze the bead section of the craft store like a diabetic in the candy isle at walmart. The non-addicts get irritated when we take too long as they don't understand that our minds are a blur calculating stitches, thinking about color pallets and design all at the same time.  Last time I went I could hear my BF honking all the way inside the store.  Today when I went I came prepared.  I handed him a crossword/word search book, a pen, a pack o gum and a pack of cigs.  Looked over my glasses at him and announced "Every honk I hear will add 15 minutes to the time I'm in there.  I could see by the look on his face he hoped to hell nobody else in the parking lot honked LOL.

BTW I'm a redhead so I am fluent in 'mud'.  Thanks for your answers.   I used Gimp and zara years ago when I did websites


 
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Re: Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
May 28, 2014 at 2:57:54 AM  (in response to gipsyqueen51 message #3)
 
Mary,

Hahahahahahahahaha!  You're hilarious!  You should do a stand up comedy act!  Laughing

Hee hee, I'm in the same daze in any craft store or craft area.  The entire store could be mass hysteria, people fighting over $1 DVDs, and I'd be completely oblivious, looking at whatever craft item and trying to figure out what I need!  Laughing

That's soooooooooo funny about handing your BF those items and giving him "the warning" about honking!  LOL!  I can just picture his expression...pricelessLaughing

You're one up on me with Zara!  I've used Gimp and am kind of embarrassed to say that what I mostly use is an ancient version of Paint Shop Pro.  LOL, like from almost before there were computers!  Wink

Oh, another thing I just thought of on reading patterns...how about trying something small?  Just some very small, simple chart, not a lot of stitches, to get accustomed to how you feel most comfortable working it/reading the rows?  (LOL, doing the same thing with a crochet prototype.  I can't figure out how to work it out logistically, so before I get too far in, I plan to make a very small version, LOL, maybe about 3" high!)

Anyway, please don't hesitate to ask any other questions that occur to you...and thanks for the laughs!  Laughing  BTW, feel free to post pics of your work, not just things made with the Free Pattern Wizard, but anything crafty...we love to drool!  Smile


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gipsyqueen51 message #5
Re: Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
May 28, 2014 at 12:11:57 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #4)
 
Ouuu Ouuu call on me c all on me.. I have a questionKiss..  I am doing square stitch and add two beads at a time.  Wonder if adding 3 maybe four has been attempted?  Results? I am soo lazy (snort) and hate ripping out my work especially from square or peyote stitches.

Mary 


 
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Re: Stupid Q's ( I got a ton of 'um)
May 29, 2014 at 1:17:51 AM  (in response to gipsyqueen51 message #5)
 
Mary,

It mainly depends on your tension.  You know what I would do?  I'd start a practice piece and try the two/three/four beads at a time.  You may find that four beads work okay with your tension...or not.  I understand what you're saying...sigh, square stitch is tedious!  I personally tried...maybe that was three beads at a time (could have been four - this was a long time ago!), and I didn't like the way it worked.  But to be fair...I was using Perler beads and string.  So it wasn't a good match to begin with.  And it was soooooo tedious, I couldn't take it!  That project never got finished.  Frown  Still sitting there, maybe a quarter of the way done, if that, and it will likely stay that way until the next ice age.  Frown  Of course, what I needed it for is going to be a moot point soon!

I've found the key to not having to tear things out is to try a practice piece.  Yes, it's a seemingly annoying waste of time...but you can never go wrong by trying something as practice the first time!  Smile  Trust me...it's saved a lot of trouble in the long run!  Smile


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