I got a chance to try out my new Boomerang Guides from Deloa Jones yesterday. For some reason I have had a mental block when it comes to curved cross-hatching. I have tried a few different templates including different sized circles and it always seemed like a struggle to get it right.
I watched Deloa’s video before I ordered and the process seemed very straight forward, but then again I have looked at other instructions, thought I understood them and then got it all messed up so I was a little wary. Since I love the look of curved cross hatching I was determined to find way that worked for me.
I ordered the Boomerangs (the 12″ and the 15″) a few weeks ago and just looking at them I could tell they made sense to me…there are a number of etched curved lines so you can space your cross hatching from 1/4″ to 1 and a half inches apart. I found I could line up each succeeding line of stitching with the previous one and not have to mark. This saves me time and effort. There is also a straight line at the mid point of the ruler and @ 45 degrees on each side of it which helps to line up properly with the edges of the block/area you are cross hatching.
Many people use circle templates of various sizes to do their curved cross-hatching and there are other templates specifically made for the same purpose. If you have circles already I suggest you try them for cross-hatching and see if they work for you. If, like me you are having a hard time making sense of the process or are struggling to line up the curves properly I suggest you give the Boomerang’s a try. I am looking forward to using these again…and from someone who doesn’t like ruler work that says something!