Welcome back to Happy Stitching from Magic Hour Cross Stitch Supplies. I’m Donna Murphy. And this is my daughter Serena Murphy behind the camera. And we are continuing our video series on how to help brand new cross stitchers get ready for their first project. So we have talked about fabric, and how to choose the right size and count of fabric and now we’re continuing the fabric preparation by gridding. Now first, what is gridding? It is a way of marking your fabric so that it’s easier to keep track of your stitching. It gives you a grid of 10×10 squares, that will match up with the design on your printed pattern. Or PDF if that’s how you’re stitching. And will help you co-ordinate those two to make sure that you’re not making mistakes as you go along. That’s what gridding is. Now there are different ways to do that. Some people swear by the thread method, and some people by the pen method and there are probably other methods as well that I don’t know about, but those are the two that most people will use My sister uses thread. She stitches a 10×10 grid on her fabric before she starts her project And you can’t use – or you can but it’s difficult – if you use a regular stitching or sewing thread. The reason for that is, as you’re stitching in your project, if you pierce that thread, and divide it with the needle and you just carry on with your stitches, when it’s time to pull that thread out, when your project is finished, it’s stuck. It’s sewn into your project. So it makes it difficult to get those threads out unless you use an indivisible filament thread. That would be something like polyester thread. Judy, my sister, uses fishing line. A very fine fishing line. And that works great for her. Some people use a product called Sulky Silver which is basically the same thing. Probably a little finer, might be a little easier to work with, but whatever works for you. I like the pen. It’s a special kind of erasable fabric pen. Make sure you get the right kind. There’s one kind that erases over time. There’s another kind that erases when exposed to air for a certain length of time. And there’s this kind that is erasable by water. That’s the kind you want…. because your project is going to be underway for some time and the lines will disappear before you’re finished your project unless it’s a very small project and you’re a very fast stitcher. So those ones are often used in quilting and things like that, but you look for the water erase pen. And you want to get a good quality pen, because some of the lesser quality pens, the knockoffs, may not come off as easily as they are supposed to. They are not as water-erasable as they say they are, so you have to be careful and even if you get a really good pen – this one is a fine line, Mark Be Gone this is a Dritz product, and Dritz has a very good reputation in the sewing community and there are other brands. Unique has a pen. These are marker-type. Unique has a pen type, and both are good. But whatever brand you choose, it’s important to try it out first. Don’t just, you know, start marking up your fabric. Test a little piece first, especially if it’s a new pen that you’ve never had before. So to do that, you just take the fabric, Just put some marks on it. We’ll put a big X there. So we’ve got an X there. And then you want cold water, and a sponge. So with my little sponge here, I just soak up some water…. and just by dabbing you can see…. the mark…. disappears. Now you want to leave it for a little while. Let it dry completely. I see I didn’t get it all off, but that’s because I was just in a hurry. So leave it for a little while, make sure that it stays off. I have had pens where I dab it away, and it looks like it’s gone, and when I come back and look at it later, I can see the lines again. So I just did it again, and they stayed away. Now there are a couple things you have to be watchful for though. And what fixes the lines permanently is heat. So you do not want to get your project hot after you’ve marked it. In other words, don’t leave it in the hot car, don’t iron it …. don’t put it in front of the heater. And when it’s time to erase the lines, make sure you use cold water, and just dab it on. Use lots of cold water if you want to. and just keep dabbing until the lines disappear. See? You can’t even see where the line was. And that means that’s a good safe pen to use. And that’s what I’m going to use. What we’re going to do next, is we’re going to look at our pattern and see where we want our marks to be. So I need these. Now I’ve marked the center of my fabric. You can see here. This big cross in the middle, that’s the center of the fabric. And I found that simply by folding it in half this way and marking, and then folding it this way and marking and that’s the center of your fabric. Now the center of your pattern is found just as easily. That’s the legend. So if you look on the side, this is a two-across, two-this way pattern, so if you look on the side, these little arrows here that’s the center of the design. And there will be another one at the top, there’s the center of the design. So these two … intersect here, and that will be the center of your picture. And I’ve marked that one stitch with a little blue square. So that’s the stitch that will be your first stitch. That’s how I do it, anyway. Of course there are other ways to do it, and I’m teaching how I do it, because that’s the way I know. So other people will tell you differently, but that’s okay They can do their thing, and I’ll do mine, and you can do yours. But this is how I do it. I find the center and that’s my first stitch. So how do I make my grid line up with my pattern? Now if you’ll notice …. … patterns are printed so that every tenth line vertically and horizontally is heavier. It’s sometimes hard to see that but once you know it’s there then you can see it easily and those are marked with numbers down the sides and across the top. So the heavy lines, the heavy grid lines, those have to correspond with your grid lines on your fabric. The center of the fabric will correspond to the center of your design but not necessarily with the grid lines that you want because as you can see, the arrow is not on one of the heavy lines. So you have to do your first line paying attention to where it’s going in relation to the center. Now that sounds really complicated, but it really isn’t. So here’s how you do it. I’ve got my pen. I’ve got my center marked. So this is my center point. Oh, one really important thing – Write TOP at the top of your fabric. I didn’t do that for a long time, and there were many times when … I started out doing it this way, then I did some this way, and then I ended up taking out a lot of stitches. So save yourself the headache and write TOP at the top of your fabric. Now I know every time which way it will go. So you’ve got your center of your fabric… we’ve found the center stitch on your pattern. Now I’ve marked up here that this heavy line is actually two stitches that way from the center of the pattern. So my first vertical line, I’m just going to put it in a little darker here, so you can see it There’s my center, and there’s my first vertical line. That one corresponds with number 60 on the pattern. So we’ve got … … the first vertical line in there, that’s as much of it as we need. Now let’s do the same for the horizontal. So on the horizontal you can see… that the heavy line is actually two stitches above the center so we’re going to find our center… count two stitches up… one, two, and draw a horizontal line from there. Okay? Now we’re ready to just start counting. So that’s our number 60, and 60. So as we draw our lines, we’ll go 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 0. and then we’ll have all of our lines marked. And it will make a nice grid on your fabric, plus…. it gives a kind of a snapshot of how big your pattern will be on your fabric when you’re finished. So I’m not going to stop to do all of that right now, but I will show you on my other pattern. We’re talking about Groovy now. This is my groovy pattern! And I’ve already done the gridding on this one. There’s my beautiful fabric all ready to be stitched on. And this is a long rectangle pattern. So it’s going to go like that. And you can see, that’s going to correspond very nicely with this and it will give me lots of room around here to turn it into the bag for which it is destined. This is going to be the back of a beach bag that I started last year. The next step will be to get started with the sorting of flosses, and get started with our actual stitching. So now that you know how to grid your fabric, it’s cut the right size, it’s gridded, it’s all ready to start .. so let’s turn our attention next to our flosses. And that’s going to be the subject of our next video, which is coming up very shortly. So join us for that one. And we’ll hope to see you there. Happy stitching! from Magic Hour Cross Stitch Supplies. Thanks for joining us!