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Parking Your Needles

By September 8, 2009

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Do you use the parking method when you are stitching patterns with a wide variety of wall-to-wall colors? Personally, I don't use this method, so I can't speak from experience. I did find a great tutorial at Scarlet Quince about Parking Needles. It is written quite simply and effectively. For a more advanced version of this method, see Becca's Pictoral Parking Demo which has lots of of threads involved and lots of photos.

Since I have received several questions recently, and I would also like to learn more about this technique, I am turning to those experienced "parkers" in our midst. We'd like to hear your tips and hints. Post your advice in the forum, in the comments section below, or email me at crossstitch.guide@about.com.

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September 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm
(1) irene says:

OK, I looked at the pictorial account of parking threads. First of all, I admit I would never attempt such a difficult pattern as she has shown. But looking at the method and all those threads hanging there waiting to be used, my mouth just hung open. I couldn’t see the pictures very well but do all those threads have needles at the end or are they threads just waiting to be used next? Which would mean threading the needle each time you switch. And if the threads are hanging on the front (is that right?) how does she switch without dragging things across? Or maybe that was the back and in that case, I’d love to see a picture of the back of her work. Whew!

September 12, 2009 at 1:45 am
(2) Lynn says:

I also refrain from such difficult patterns, having learned from the past that these were the ones I usually left unfinished! However, while recently looking at the patterns of Margaret Lee Rigiel, I found this nifty needle parking tool at http://www.margaretlee.com/npa.htm
I also thought it interesting that in her photo, she stitches a grid to the linen, which would presumably be covered by other stitches. It’s a hint. Don’t know if it was helpful …

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