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  1. Loretta,

    Recently purchased several prefinished pillow shams. These shams have aida cloth in the appropriate places for cross stitching. How do I use my Q snap. I am confused and I do not want to go through both layers of fabric. Please HELP!

  2. Help! I bought a kit from England – it came with Aida and I decided to switch to a linen… but the piece of fabric I had was a tiny bit smaller than the kit’s. Bote that I am an experienced stitcher of over 25 years and have stitched many difficult patterns…

    Still – just to be sure, I decided to start stitching in the middle of the project instead of the top left (which is my preferred method).. only problem was that the “middle” identified in the kit was not, in fact, the middle. It was a pattern error that I didn’t identify until I noticed that I had much too much fabric at the bottom and almost none left at the top…

    I kept thinking that I was just mis-reading the chart and that it would all work out, but now that I am approaching the top of the pattern, I realize that I will have less than an inch left – I intend to mat the stitching up to the design but there doesn’t appear to be enough fabric to turn for framing. Can I stitch a piece of fabric to the top (since it won’t be seen),.. I am devastated since this is a gift – and I really don’t have time to start all over again… your thoughts? Oh, and the framer to whom I have entrusted all my framing has left town – with no forwarding so I am really stuck! THanks for any thoughts you might offer…


  3. Sharon 1220 says:

    I have a question about using the Q-snap or a hoop. Do you stitch on the top side of the fabric or the bottom as it lays in the frame? [fabric to hoop U shaped or inverted U shaped] I started stitching on the bottom (U), because it was easier to anchor the threads on the back side, when that side was “on top.” My mother, however, thinks I’m doing it backwards. Just curious. (I know that there is a right and a wrong side to some fabric, but what I’m talking about is the way it lays in the hoop. Is the right side of the fabric on top or down inside the hoop?)

  4. penny springs says:

    I wanted to download some of your free patterns but for some reason all of a sudden I am unable to download any PDF patterns at all. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong if anything. I just can’t download them. I click on the download and it does nothing. Can you think of anything I should be doing?

  5. loretta says:

    Oh my goodness, there is a page missing from the PDF file! thank you for letting me know, I’ll get a correction sent out this week.

  6. loretta says:

    I just posted the updated version of the pattern.

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