the 'back' of my work! Most stitchers totally freak if you take even a glance at the back of their work. I happen to not care. Of course, the back of my work is annoyingly neat to others. It's not a 'thing' for me...it just happens to turn out that way. My head thinks ahead of my hand...it's like a GPS...if I start here...I can slip over there to snag that stitch...then over there to work the other area of this color... and so on. It's not really a conscious effort.
Anyway, my point in sharing comes from a discussion about a week ago with other threadbenders on a FB needlepoint page. The question posed was..."When do I Basketweave as opposed to Continental??" You can drive yourself crazy over this....my answer is to not do this...remember why you stitch?? To RELAX! I felt the eye rolls from several dedicated teachers with that...sorry. I do have some personal rules I like to enforce....a frame is better than in hand...not just because it keeps your canvas from listing to the left but also for your comfort. Posture, neck/shoulders/the all important hands...gripping your canvas causes gobs of problems down the road. I've probably only met two stitchers that really relax when working on a piece, most of you have a death grip on your canvas/needle.
I will say when working on a skinny belt...it's in my hand but it does take me longer this way. I stitch two handed and am like an addict with the speed I achieve. This is my business...so I do go for speed...models have to be worked up quickly.
Getting to the point here...below are several shots of a piece stitched entirely in Tent, so far. Tent being the generic term for a stitch that is worked on a diagonal over one intersection of canvas. Basketweave and Continental being the only two ways I recommend Tent to be worked. You'll see from the pictures that you can actually work Basketweave in very small areas. Like the little blue arches...even on a 4 intersection block. Single lines, curves...these have to be in Continental.
|This cute Paisley Elephant is by designer Karen Grant. I love elephants, she also did the paisley version of my pup Chance ... which I can't wait to work. He's the carrot at the end of my Biscornu series.|