I recently showed you all the problems I'd had with redwork in the past. I'm glad to report that I think I have them all solved! I've been going full stream ahead. This is just one day's work while catching up on Coronation Street:
This is all stem stitch. I have been debating between stem stitch or back stitch, but what I've found is that stem stitch is a lot easier. It is hard to get a continuous line with back stitch, while with stem stitch if you miss the previous hole you cannot really tell. I may still use back stitch for some of the fine details, like the fingers. I am finding, though, that just shortening the stitch handles the details well too.
The biggest difference, however, has been working the embroidery in hand rather than in the hoop. It is so much easier!! I find I can get the tip of the needle to just pop up in the previous hole when I am working in hand, so my stitching is faster and much more accurate. There is no issue with puckering either. I am planning to take my Cottage Garden UFO out of the hoop as well, to see if that gets easier too.
And the back is now a thing of beauty, but I forgot to take pictures of it! Next time.
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