Random Afternoon Question

After last week's mooning fiasco, LOL, how about a subdued stitching question today? ;)

Where on the fabric do you start stitching? Corners? Center?...

I always try and start on the bottom left corner. I work best going upwards and my stitches sit better when I head in that direction.

With Chatelaines though, I start smack in the middle, but try and work my way upwards as soon as I can...

Comments

Ineke said…
I start in the center or on the bottom right corner. A lot of American charts in parts start on the bottom left and I work my way to the bottom right of that part as soon as possible.
If I'm doing a big project, I usually start in the middle, just to make sure I'll have enough fabric, but with tiny projects, I usually start in the top center or bottom center, though there's no justification I've got for that.
Sarah said…
I prefer to start in the center. It gives me a little piece of mind that I'll have enough fabric. Otherwise I start upper left.
I start in the centre, then work towards the top right, then the top left, then bottom right then finish with the bottom left.
I always stitch "in hand" with the fabric rolled stitching side inwards. The bottom left gets handled the most so it's left until last to avoid squashing and creasing the stitches too much.
cucki said…
i always start from the middle but sometime from the top right cornor too..
Rebekah said…
I start in the center. That's how I was taught and now it's just habit. Well, that and I don't like to grid the whole thing to figure out where to start. I would be too scared to try to just start in a corner and hope that everything fits.
Julie said…
When doing kits and magazine charts i start in the middle and work in what ever direction has the most of one colour.With my Mystic Stitch charts i normally start top left and go with the flow.

Chinese Garden is looking great and so colourful.
Heli said…
Big things, top left corner. Small things, centre of the fabric.
Agi said…
I usually start top left, going downwards wherever the colour takes me. However, Martina (Chateleine) is pushing me to start in the middle :)
Eyani Ryou said…
I must be strange! I always start at the top!! Especially if the pattern has a face! Head first! Then I always back stitch as soon as I can because unfinished faces creep me out!!
carol fun said…
I tend to start in the upper right corner. I don't use a hoop and hold my fabric in my left hand so if I start on the left side and move across the piece I'm not getting my finished stitching too wrinkled. It works for me and there are certainly tons of way to stitch now, aren't there?
keebles said…
I'm also a center starter, just because that's the way I've always done it (plus I would be too scared about alignment). I typically go in the direction that the pattern is most interesting and save the worst sections for last. If I try to do the worst parts first, I get bored and it takes me years to finish. For some weird reason, if I do the crap sections last, then I typically hurry up to get the project finished.
Lesleyanne said…
I always start in the centre. I used to start in the top left hand corner but kept making mistakes so now always start in the centre.
TammyK said…
If I'm stitching on material, I always start in the center but on plastic canvas I start at the top center :)
Carolyn said…
I start in the middle. It is how I learned to do it. I would be afraid to start anywhere else as I would be afraid of not having enough fabric.
Mangogirl said…
I always grid up my work, so I start where I feel like starting on the chart which could be in the middle, could be at the top or elsewhere.
Tama said…
I was taught to start in the top left corner so that's what I do. When I started buying kits, and some instructions said start in the middle, I tried that but I always worked down and to the right - just ingrained habit, I guess.
Rachel said…
I almost always start in the center. The only time I don't is when I am stitching a Heaven and Earth Designs piece, then I start in the top left. :)
Kaisievic said…
I always start in the centre except for when I started a HAED design this year.

Once started in the middle I usually go where the flow of stitch colours takes me.

Hugs,Kaye xoxoxo

P.S. Great discussion question and it was really interesting to read everyone's answers.
Depends what it is.

I've started "parking" in the last year, so I tend to start top left when I'm doing that - in HAEDs for instance.

Most things I start in the middle but I like to work top down, so I'll start in the middle, work down then turn the piece and the chart upside down and work top down that way... working some of it in parking and some of it "cross country"... depending on mood and whether I can be bothered re-threading my needle!
Bec said…
For HAEDs I start in the top left corner, but for everything else I start in the center.

I haven't ever noticed if my stitches sit better from starting in a certain place.Gives me something to thing about :)
purplesunset24 said…
I start from the center then work my way up.
shio said…
i start on the left corner because is more easy ^^
Claudette497 said…
Top left corner if it's all stitched, center if there's fabric showing through the design, unless there's too much going on in the middle, then I'll start in the calmest corner.
Mireille said…
I always start in the center. I have one work, the picture of my daughter where I have start on the right bottom corner.

And then I work where the colors brings me.
With the picture of my daughter I work in parts.

Mireille
Pauline said…
Little works with one pattern i start in the centre.
But the great works with many pages i start in the left corner.
♥ Nia said…
I don't have a 'rule' to follow always.. If I'm stitching a Gorjuss girl or a fairy like Bluebell, I start stitching their faces :) heheheh
Small things.. I probably start from the center. But I really think I don't follow a starting point.
Kate said…
I vary, its either the centre or the bottom right hand corner. I often (sadly) wonder whose stitches end up bottom left to top right or top left to bottom right (like mine!).
Diane (di) said…
Like you, I have always started my Chatelaines in the middle. Everything else though, is upper left. BTW, Chinese Garden is absolutely stunning.
Cayetana said…
yo empiezo el trabajo en la esquina superior derecha y hacia abajo
Melissa said…
I usually start in the center and work my way down and then go up. I like to save faces for last.
Blu said…
I prefer to start in the middle and then work my way up. Unless it's a person, then it's middle and down. I like to do faces last.
Anne said…
How the heck did I miss your Random Afternoon Question??????

Anywho darlin', just recently, I started stitching on the bottom right corner. I'm doing this because I find that If I'm left with more fabric at the top and the left side, I can just trim it away. For whatever reason I have difficulty measuring and counting...or rather I'm too lazy to do so, so hence why I start there. If it's a Chatelaine, then yes I start in the middle and go up like you!!

HUGS!!!
Xeihua (Sara) said…
Well.... my answer to this will be very vague, since I can start in any of the four corners, depending on the motif I'm stitching, how I've setted it on the scroll frame, and what colours I want to stitch first, or I can start in the centre, if it's small, or if it doesn't have any sort of geometric shape, or if it's simply easier to start in the middle (like the Chatelaines, although I've never done one, but I'm getting really tempted to, I think it's just natural to start them in the middle). So basically I let the project talk to me and it decides itself where it's going to be started xD
Debby said…
If it's a fairly "open" pattern, I'll start in the middle. Patterns that have a lot of stitching in them I prefer to start in the upper left hand corner as long as I know the fabric has been cut with at least 3" extra fabric all the way around. Otherwise, I'll figure out a way to start at the top in the middle.

Debby
Ewa said…
If it's a large project like an HAED I start at the top left. If it's anything else and the pattern fits on a single page or two pages, I start in the center and fill in the bottom, then fill in the top. Don't know why I've always done it like that, just the way it works out :)
Jenny said…
Top left, pretty much 100% of the time. BUT - I do make sure that I have enough linen to work with, by carefully counting threads from the center all the way up to the corner...
1,2,3..... ;-)

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