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At the beginning of January I picked out 17 WIPocalypse projects to work on in 2017. The full list of my 17 projects can be found on my WIPocalypse 2017 page.
So what did I manage to work on during February? Pretty much the same projects as last month!
Deer and Grapes Mystery SAL (Jean Farish)
This is where this project was when you last saw it at the end of January:
It now looks like this:
12 Days of Christmas (Plum Street Samplers)
Second Day is almost done....
Halloween Happiness (Sandra Cozzolino)
Mini finish - the witch and her familiars are done
So that's the update bit out of the way.... now onto the question of the month:
What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch? (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)
I am not sure if I have favourite stitch other than the standard cross stitch... but I will admit that I am one of the weird ones that actually likes doing back stitch! I think that back stitch gives a design definition and often lifts the design from drab to amazing! There are some designs that don't need it, but for those that do, back stitch really brings out the features. Margaret Sherry is one designer that uses a lot of back stitch to bring out the characters in her designs.
Below are two pictures of something I prepared before which shows exactly what I mean:
|Before back stitch|
(progress pic - more cross stitching was also needed before this was finished!)
|Final finish... |
the mouse really stands out after the back stitch is added
Make a single, straight stitch (1-2) as long or short as you want. (I make mine approx 1/4" or a bit shorter.) Continue along your pattern line, but come up a space ahead (3) and bring your needle back down into the same hole at the end of the last stitch you made.
Another good tutorial for back stitching with cross stitch patterns can be found on the Scarlett Quince website - link is here
So that's it for the February's WIPocalypse update! Next month's check in is on Sunday 26th March 2017. If you want to see what everyone else has posted, drop into Measi's blog and check out the February link up page.
Til then, happy stitching and good luck with your WIPocalypse projects!