"I have one, actually...I remembered you saying something about 25ct over one and coverage, so I went aaaall the way back to read it again (it was with Carla's questions on HAED) and since I'm currently trying to decide what count and over one ore two I should do for my first really big project, I wanted to ask if you could talk a bit about that and possible show some closeups of both God Speed and La Belle Dame for comparison?"
This is a very good question!
There are a couple of things to consider. Does the pattern have a lot of black (or equally dark color)? Are you going to be stitching on a light colored material? Remember this is going to be an issue in reverse too (light colors on a dark fabric).
Both my La Belle Dame...(LBD) and God Speed (GS) use quite a bit of black. LBD has 84,226 stitches in black and GS has 34,036. Okay, that's more than I thought...dang, that's a lot of black!
On LBD, I had already done one re-start of it so when I decided to stick with 1 strand over 1 thread (1x1), there was no way I was going to re-start again. There are bits of the fabric that show through but you do have to be fairly close to the project to see that.
With GS, I had already been working on LBD 1x1, so I decided to do 2 strands over 1. The coverage on 25ct. 2x1 is excellent! Not a trace of the fabric showing through. The downside to this is that it is more difficult to actually get the needle and floss through the fabric once you are working where there are already surrounding stitches. Yes, I do use a larger needle to help open up the holes a bit but with anywhere from 2-6 strands of floss already claiming the hole as theirs', there is a bit of a fight.
Here are a couple of closeups to help show what I mean:
Personally, I won't be using 25ct. again for any project, HAED or otherwise. I just don't care for it. I prefer 28ct. and higher.
I don't have a closeup shot of it, but the Twilight Repose that I did was on 28ct. 1x1. The coverage was great! The fabric on that one was Ivory and it is 100% stitched. So with all of that 924 used for the background, that's all you see: 924.
My current WIPs and the pertinent information are:
- La Belle Dame Sans Merci ~ 25ct. 1x1 ~ only one with not great coverage
- God Speed ~ 25ct. 2x1
- Rapunzel (Dawe) ~ 28ct. 1x1
- The Sistine Chapel ~ 34ct. 1x1 (Yes, I'm sure it's 34ct. No, I don't know where I got such an odd count fabric.)
- PTP Floral Arrangement ~ 40ct. 1x1 half stitches 2x1 for the blending filament (or tent stitching for you "modern" stitchers)