May 4, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

First off, thanks for all the compliments on the Taj frame job. :D

Today's question is an age old one and always seem to pop up, be it in forums or conversations....

How do you cross your X's?

Mine goes \ \ \ \ on the bottom and / / / /  at the top. Ana calls mine "opposite stitches." LOL!! Most of the people I know who stitch like I do are left handed, but not me. Too bad hubby doesn't do cross stitch, it'd be interesting to see how he'd do it... hahahaha!!

A note on the TUSAL... this is short for Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long. Daffycat started it again for this year, and what you do is find a container and store all your ORTs (leftover threads and stuff from stitching.... I can't remember what it stands for, do you guys?) and then post a picture in your blog on every new moon. This year's TUSAL is closed though. However, it's not to say you can't join the fun and post your TUSALs. I, for one, would love to see your colorful collections. :D

27 comments :

Mia said...

Hi Joyce, thakns for translating TUSAL :) I've got a jar of my own :)

And my answer for the question/// bellow, \\\ on top :)

Happy stitching :)

Sarah said...

Joyce, I stitch them the same way you do. I've done it this way for 20+ years. My Mom taught me to stitch and she's a righty too so I don't know why.

valerie said...

I stitch the same way as Mia. It's how I learned to stitch.

ORT = Old Ratty Threads

demeter83 said...

I'm the same way as you, but I'm a leftie, so that's my excuse!

Loretta said...

I stitch the same way as Mia & Valerie.

Karyn said...

I am a \ \ \ on bottom and / / / on top girl as well. I'm right handed. My mama taught me this way as well. =]

Rachel said...

Well, I am left-handed, and I taught myself when I was ten, and my stitches go /// on bottom, and \\\ on top! :)

Bev said...

im right handed and stitch the same way as you, although i did have to look as to be honest i just stitch and its not something i have thought about, yes slack is my middle name lol

Mia said...

Joyce; I'm making a pillow out of the red-black stitch :) It's for my mother as a mothers day present this coming Sunday :) <3

Andie said...

I'm // on bottom and \\ on top, thats the way the instructions on my first ever kit said to do it and it stuck :D

Jenny said...

I stitch the opposite way of yours, Joyce. With one exception - when the stitches have to be completed one at the time (over-one or over-dyed floss). In this case,I turn my linen 90 degrees and stitch each stitch the way you do the entire project through. That way, the stitches end up with the final leg in "my direction" at the end... That reduces my confusion somehow.
Clear as mud, huh!? LOL.
I also found a nice ORT post at Needling Things blog (new to me) here: http://needlingthings.blogspot.com/2011/03/here-ort-there-ort.html

Pauline said...

My crossstitches are just going the other way, i am right-handed.

mdgtjulie said...

LOL, I do mine the opposite way that you do yours. I put the /// on the bottome, and the \\\ on the top. I don't think it matters though, as long as they all cross the same way!!!

wendy111 said...

I do mine the opposite way as well, don't know why! It is just the way I do it and I agree that it doesn't matter as long as you do them all the same way

Yany said...

I'm right handed and stitch the same way you do ;)

I'll post a pic of my TUSAL jar tomorrow

Hugs!

Measi said...

I stitch opposite of you. It's just the direction I took to. :)

Oh... ORT = Old Ratty Thread.

:)

anojaa said...

I stitch the same way as yours, and I'm right handed. As in most of the magazines and how to stitch tutorials, they taught you the other way, I have wondered if there is anything wrong with my way. glad I'm not the only one.:)

Stitching Noni said...

Isn't that interesting how many righties stitch \\\ first... I have tried to stitch that way but it doesn't feel right to me so I stitch /// then \\\ on the way back and generally I stitch from the left of the fabric to the right.... (always start the pattern in the middle and work out though!)

I taught myself to stitch so can only assume that the first kit I did showed the stitches going that way.

A very good random question to ask Joyce!

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Esther said...

A long time ago (I think about 20 years now) I did my night shifts at a psychiatric hospital. In those days there were no camera's everywhere so you had 4 people in the night shifts. We played cards and many games ( yeah we worked also LOL) and at that time I was working @ my very first big stitching project.
There was this guy, who thought it was impossible to stitch all those thousands stitches the same way!
Well mister I do!!!! All of them are // and then \\.
He spend HOURS to find one the other way around!!!!
But all my upper ones are \\ ....nnaaaaannnaaaannananaaaaaaa :P

Lonneke said...

I stitched the same way as you do, Joyce. Officially that is the 'wrong' way. I'm right handed as well btw.
Once I brought a project to the framer, he framed it the 'right' way which for me is the 'wrong' way.(you're still with me?)So to me that looks kinda weird now. But I guess since all the four side are the same it doesn't really matter and I am the only one who notice it!
I am surprised at how many stitch like this. So nice!

Jodie said...

Yep, I stitch opposite of you too! Mine ALWAYS have to go /// on the bottom and \\\ on the top. I'm a little obsessive compulsive in that way LOL!!

Vani said...

I stitch like you as well. I am a righty. so reading all these comments its not so uncommon after all huh?!

TammyK said...

I'm opposite as well Joyce. /// bottom \\\ top :) Good question.

Karen said...

I believe ORT stands for Odd Remaining Thread. I think the word originates from this:

"remains of food left from a meal," c.1440, cognate with early Du. ooraete, Low Ger. ort, from or-, privative prefix, + etan "to eat." Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Wendy said...

ehm, let me think......

well, first /// then \\\

Cross Stitch Crazy Mum said...

hehe Im a lefty and I always do mine /// and then \\\

Yvon (jioya) said...

For me it's /// first and then\\\.
That's how i learned it when i was 6 years old.

And that's a long time ago.

Hugs Yvon.