I recently got the urge to work on my Morning Flight cross stitch again. Then I quickly remembered why I’d stopped working on it.
Back when I started it, I had decided to do this project one color at a time, going from the background to the foreground. In general I liked this process, but having to do a ton of one color gets a bit tiring. When I put the piece down, I had been working on light blue. You can barely distinguish it from the background fabric and it felt like I wasn’t making any progress.
I decided that the one-color-at-a-time thing just wasn’t fun any more, and thought I’d give parking a try. If you’re not familiar with parking, it basically means working on one small chunk of the piece at a time (I’ve seen a lot of people do 10 stitch by 10 stitch squares at a time) and when you no longer need a particular color of thread in that little chunk, you park it in the next chunk you’re going to work so that it’s waiting for you when you get to it.
I found the process a lot of fun and less confusing than it had looked at first. I started in the bottom left corner as it had no work done there yet. I opted to do a row of ten stitches at a time, instead of a ten stitch square, as part of the appeal of parking for me is that you can avoid having to work a stitch that is completely surrounded by stitches (it’s just harder to get your needle through the fabric in those cases).
When I got to the sections where I had already done quite a bit of stitching, I ended up switching so that instead of working a row at a time, I’m working a 10×10 block at a time — I found it was easier to work around the preexisting stitches that way.
I got a whole column done (okay, it’s a half column, but the pattern is four pages, so it’s a whole column on one page). I’m very happy with the progress and I’m looking forward to continuing parking on any larger pieces I do. I do want to switch to working from the top down instead of the bottom up as I had done for this column, as I think it will be easier for my stitching style.