I learned a couple of things while working on this project:
- Working on good quality material makes a big difference. The M.C.G. Textile material was so nice, I purchased more for my next project.
- Use a highlighter to mark the stitches you’ve completed. It was really hard for me to know which stitches were done and which still needed worked before I started to use a highlighter.
- Wearing lightweight reading glasses over my bifocals worked as good or better than using the magnifying glass on a rope around my neck. I could still read the pattern and watch TV without having to adjust the magnifier.
- Always work with good lighting. It’s easier to see the stitches and the differences in color shades.
- Using the right size needle is important. You don’t want to use too large of a needle, as it will make large holes in your cloth.
- Let your needle “dangle and twirl” every little while. The thread twists with each stitch and so your stitches will not look as nice if you don’t.
- To keep the edges of your work from fraying either use a zig-zag stitch around or use masking tape.
- Never store your needle in an area that will not be worked later. You do not want to leave a hole.
- Don’t work on your stitching when you are tired. That is when mistakes are made.
- Take your time, do it slow and enjoy what you are doing.
I love Ellen Maurer Stroh patterns! She offers many free designs, as well as having wonderful designs for sale. Basket with Hedgehog is just one of many.