I recently joined the Message Board offered by one of my favorite places for order cross stitch supplies and learned a trick that I wish I had known about many years ago. A bit of history first. I recently started stitching The Wolf Pack for my youngest son. The design uses many shade of grey, black, and blue and I kept getting confused as to where I was. I had read about gridding your fabric as part of a recent thread on the board and thought I might give it a try to see if it worked.
I always mark the center of both the design and fabric when I start stitching and work from the center either up or down. This time I decided to start stitching at the top left hand corner because of the design itself. See Wolf Pack for more on this particular project. I then counted up 20 lines and added a line of running stitches horizontally every 20 lines just so I could count. Then counted over to where the first stitch would go. I used plain ole sewing thread (red) to mark the lines. Worked OK to start but still kept having difficulty so went back and marked every ten lines horizontally. This helped so decided I needed to know more about marking my fabric in this manner.
NOTE: This would have been much easier to do BEFORE I started stitching then afterwards!!!
Here are some of the links I found that helped:
Most of the charts I work on have a darker line every ten stitches both horizontally and vertically. So this is what I did:
1. Mark the center of the design on the chart and the fabric. Count up to the first darker horizontal line and stitch all the way across your fabric. Repeat in both directions for the entire width of the fabric.
2. Count over to the first dark vertical line and stitch a vertical line the entire height of the fabric.
The design so far with what I had stitched and the grids in place.