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My Mira Mystery Start

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So this is my Mira Mystery start.  Not much, but still a start.  I have mixed feelings about this one.  I am stitching this on 16ct Aida Pink Impatiens by Silkweaver.  The color is actually a little darker than my photo, but the stitching colors are pretty accurate.  I am using the called for Specialty threads (Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks)  I am thinking that they may be thinner than DMC because I am not getting good fabric coverage. Any thoughts on this?  Since I have so much $$ invested in this one, I will keep going with it.

So, what are you stitching on today?

20 thoughts on “My Mira Mystery Start

  1. Gosh, you’re brave stitching a Mira on aida! I can never get the half & quarter stitches even enough to satisfy me.
    I love the look so far! and I’m not a pink person. Are you dropping your needle every few stitches? I find I have to do that with a lot of the dyed threads, so there’s no chance of twists.

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    1. Paula, I am an Aida girl and stitch 99% on Aida. I use a chenille needle, so have never had a problem “making my own holes” for 1/4 stitches. I know that I don’t get complete, perfect coverage on Aida, but using the dyed threads is seeming to leave a lot of the pink fabric showing. I do have to let my needle dangle and untwist quite often. Was just not expecting to see so much of the fabric through the stitching.

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      1. Maybe if it is really bothering you, you could try increasing the number of strands for the darker colors? I know I plan to do that on one of my HAEDs because sometimes the coverage with the darker colors can be a bit disappointing.

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      2. I have considered it, but that would mean buying another skein of each of the 41 colors to be sure that I have enough. I have already spent quite a bit on this project and don’t dare spend anymore. I will continue with it as it is. Would definitely recommend doing it in the DMC floss to anyone wanting to start.

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  2. It looks lovely from here. However, if you aren’t liking it now, you may not grow to like the finish either. Is it just the darker colours that you can see through? If so, swap those ones for DMC to keep the cost down.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and suggestion. I have already purchased all of the supplies for this one in the specialty threads. Since I will probably never use them again on another project, I will keep stitching this one. If I really don’t like it in the end, I can always redo it in the DMC. It is mostly the darker colors, but I can also see a difference in the lighter colors when I look closer. I definitely think that 2 strands of Weeks Dye threads are thinner than DMC and will remember that in the future.

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  3. I love the look so far and I can’t seems to see why the poor overage like you mention. Maybe I’m taken away by the pink colour.. i love the fabric by the way.. is my kind of colour.. following you on this one. 😉

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