I've got started on the Joyful World Stitch Along but being a newbie to cross stitch, I've got a couple of questions which I hope you can help me with.
As you can see, I've put masking tape around the edges of the fabric, as advised, to stop it fraying. I've started on January's design in the corner but now I'm wondering if I should have started further in and further down, leaving a bigger margin at the edges, what do you think? Obviously, there's more fabric underneath the tape which can't be seen here, but I'm still not sure I've left enough space at the edge. I haven't done that much yet so I could easily unpick it and start again if you think I should do so.
I'm using 28 count DMC linen in natural but it's such a huge piece. The design builds up to a piece of work which measures 35 inches wide by 22 inches high and I'm finding that the fabric being this size is getting in the way whilst I'm stitching. Also, because of this, I'm finding it easier to stitch without a hoop or frame. Firstly, is there a secret to working on a piece of fabric this size, I'm folding it at the moment but I can see that it will be even trickier to find an easy way to stitch on it once I'm working in the middle, and secondly, will there be a problem if I don't use a hoop or a frame?
The fabric is rather stiff too, I expected linen to be much softer than aida but it isn't really. It creases terribly, which is only to be expected with linen, I do hope all the wrinkles iron out easily.
I'd appreciate any help, advice or tips you can give me, I know there are a lot of expert stitchers out there so I'd be very grateful for any guidance you can give.