The main reason I started this blog was because none of my offline friends are into stitching. I wanted a place to share my work, admire others’, and learn and grow as a stitcher. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve already seen so many interesting projects and techniques I want to try.
One thing I’ve found intriguing as I look at others’ work is the variety of choices people make about the order in which they stitch. Some people work in blocks of a certain size (for example 10×10), others work in horizontal rows or vertical columns and still others work through their color chart one at a time. I’ve seen beautiful examples of all these techniques. Personally, I’m not so structured. I love to hop around a bit as I stitch. For me, part of the fun is to look at the pattern and decide where I’ll go next. I love to strategize to try to keep the back of the work as neat as possible, and have the fewest spots where I hop the thread from one place to another. I don’t use knots at all, so I also have to strategize where I’ll start and stop each thread so it can be tucked under. And all of this while trying to waste as little thread as possible. For me, this is huge part of the fun.
Having said that, I have an update on Heart of Christmas where this hopping is evident. I do tend to work roughly upper left to lower right, but within that framework, I “jump around” to my heart’s content 🙂
Now off to tuck in the littles and pull out my project binder. Happy stitching!