Thanks everyone for your comments and ideas and thoughts, and keeping me company through my crazy and sane moments. I think the stitching community online is such an awesome group and I've enjoyed every moment of reading your blogs and getting to know you all.
Ok... well, that's enough sentimentality... you'd think I was saying 'Good-bye' or something, LOL!!!
Today's question comes around quite often, especially around me:
What do you think of backstitching? Love it?... hate it?... and why?
I always say I hate backstitching. It's a very blanket statement for me. Backstitching? Hate it!!! I've even gotten to the point that I don't stitch certain things when there's a lot of backstitching involved.
Lately though, I've spent a little bit more time thinking it out. What is it about backstitching that I profess to hate?
I love the look of it. It has the ability to make the stitched piece pop and when done well, gives such a nice 3d effect.
I don't mind stitching the lines per se. Like the crosses and specialty stitches, it's one stitch down, one stitch up and it builds and builds into something beautiful.
Then... *ding, ding, ding!!!* it's the way they're charted!!! I HATE reading the lines and having to pay such close attention to where the stitches has to go. You see, I stitch like I read. I look at the pattern in 'chunks' as in I remember how many Xs and rows of the current color I need to do and then I stitch it, whilst referring back to the chart here and then to make sure I'm on the right track. But I can't do that with backstitching.... noooooo..... it's a constant looking back and forth from chart to fabric, making sure I'm counting correctly. If I wanted to do that, I'd watch a badminton or tennis match. ;)
So, yeah.... I still hate backstitching. ;)