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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    When doing a pattern that has outlining, do you do the filler first or the outline first. I notice when I do the outline first, it tends to get covered when I do the cross stitching to fill in...so I've been doing the cross stitching first then the outlining. What is your preference?

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    I always do the outline last.

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    I always outline last.

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    Another "last" :)

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    me 4 last

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    UHGGG...I wish I had known that before I started the pattern....this is what I have so far...

    I guess I'll fill it all in then go over with another strand of floss to make the outline pop...the pattern tells me to do the outlines first....uhggg
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    I outline last.

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    I also outline last.

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    I do the cross stitching first and then the outlining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genafan201
    Another "last" :)
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    cross stitch first then outline - I dread outlining - my most least favorite step! This is cute, can we see when finished?

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    Definitley last, Easier to me.

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    cross stitch first then outline - I dread outlining - my most least favorite step! This is cute, can we see when finished?
    Sure, but the way I've been going with it, it'll be 2012 before I finish it...I started it six months ago and just picked it up again, lol.

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    I'm jumpin in on the bandwagon I also outline last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    cross stitch first then outline - I dread outlining - my most least favorite step! This is cute, can we see when finished?
    Outlining is my FAVORITE part...it really makes the details stand out...

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    I fill first, outline last.

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    I always outline last.
    Judy

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    I outline after all the stitching is done.

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    Do the cross stitching first. Then finish with the backstitch.

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    Haven't cross-stitched in years...but when I did, I always outlined last.

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    Some of the outlining is on top of the cross stitching, so any way you cut it, the outlining is done last. I don't do counted cross stitch anymore, but I do cross stitching and there is outlining within the cross stitches with that also. (I generally pick the color that I like the least and start with a color and work it until that color is done and then go on to another color (but then it is not counted cross stitch like you are doing.) Like it was said before - outlining makes it pop! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I always do the outline last.

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    me 2

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    Always outline last...

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    For the reasons mentioned, and (years ago) after doing a huge and tedious one "outline first" then having to re-outline every inch of it after doing the cross stitching......I always stitch first, then outline. Sometimes I think the directions are written by non-cross-stitchers!

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