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Cross Stitch 101: Parking Method

Parking is one of those things that's hard to search for, because it's not exactly an intuitive name, and even knowing that it exists as a technique isn't exactly genetic knowledge.  But if you want to do some gnarly big Heaven and Earth piece, or something that's pure confetti, parking is a good way to make sure you don't wind up with a bunch of tangles and knots on the back.


So, what is parking, anyway?  In short, the name refers to the thread you're using being placed on the fabric for later use.  It's been parked there temporarily, like you park your car at work.

This is a difficult one to explain in text, so I'll be brief and let the video below explain it for me.  There are a few different ways to go about parking your thread, but this version is my favourite.  I work one 10x10 block at a time, starting in the upper left corner.  On my chart, I highlight every instance of that colour in that 10x10 block, and stitch them.  Then, I look at the next block below it, and find where that colour occurs again, closest to the top left stitch in that block.  I bring the needle through the fabric, as if to do that stitch, but then I unthread the needle, letting the floss hang through the front of the fabric.  I repeat this process again until the block is fully stitched, and then go down to the next block.

Since the next block has parked threads. I take the thread which is closest to the lower right corner of the block.  I highlight that colour on the chart, within that 10x10 block, and stitch it, parking it in the next block as I did before.  I take the next colour which is closest to the bottom right, and repeat.



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