I would like some advice please.i am doing a owl pattern which has got 20 pages. I have bought magic guide for the first time.how do you start in the middle.i hope to start this after Christmas when I have finish my other 1 .still buying threads a few each week.
The beauty with magic guide is you can start where you like - either at the top of the chart, or the very bottom or the middle.
I always start at the top left, but if you do want to start in the middle, it's just as easy.
Find the centre on your chart and mark it if it isn't already - if it's spread over 20 pages and the centre isn't marked I would advice sticking each sheet together temporarily then find the centre.
Fold your fabric as normal to find the centre fold and using that as a guide and the centre grid square you'll be able to line up the centre of the fabric to the centre grid on the chart - very simple.
I would, though, advise you starting at the top edge or bottom edge. If there aren't any stitches near the top or bottom edge then count the grid inwards until the pattern begins - be sure to leave 6 inches from the top/bottom and each side to side when you cut your fabric to size, so you can safely start 3 inches into the fabric and you'll know you'll have plenty of spare.
If it is a 20 page pattern, there should be a diagram somewhere telling you which page goes where. If you can find the centre page, then find the centre of that, you should be able to find your centre without having to tape the pattern all together. That said, I would second Kelly's advice and recommend you start in a corner somewhere. I personally start in the upper right corner because of how I stitch and how I hold my fabric, but I think any corner would work equally well.
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I once had a pattern that didn't have any defining marks for the centre, nor a page placement included - I'm not sure if Glen's pattern has or not - which is why I suggested taping them together and finding the centre that way - if it does have centre marks or pattern placement, then obviously there is no need to do that.
As long as you have measured your fabric to allow for at least 3 inches on each side (more if you feel more comfortable with that), then any corner will be fine, as you'll always have 3 inch spare for finishing and framing.
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