Random Afternoon Question

First and foremost, I would like to say hi and welcome to my new followers. I'm glad you found me so that I can, in turn, stalk enjoy your blogs. :D

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. ;)

Comments

Mouse said…
heheheh ... I don't mind doing it and do it as I go along mostly after got enough stitching to back stitch ..lol and I agree with you on the blogging world .. fab place to be in :)
Andie said…
I don't mind it.... IF..... its charted well! I hate it when I have to try and work out if its a back stitch line or if its the chart gridding line ughh!! That makes me want to tear my hair out!
Lesleyanne said…
I HATE it! I even avoid patterns with it where absolutely possible. Hence my love of Lanarte, Vervaco, LHN/CCN and Lizzie Kate - no backstitching.
Jenny said…
Not really my favorite, but get this - I love Holbein-stitching! I know that it really doesn't make sense, but I feel that there is a huge difference... I guess that I am not crazy about getting all those back-stitches in on top of a thick pad of linen and stitches, but Holbein is used more by itself, allowed to rest directly onto the linen (plus you get to use your brain a little - it is a bit of a puzzle to figure out where to go when AND, as a bonus, the "return journey" is free - you don't have to read any charts on the way back - wohoo!).
Xeihua said…
I so much agree with you in relation to the online stitching comunity. I love it and I love to find new blogs to read and see what people are stitching. In relation to backstitch.... well I must confess I actually like it into some extent. I love how they make the piece pop as you said and how they make a blurry design look so detailed. But I don't like when I can't distinguish if it's backstitch or part of the gridding line and when the backstitch ends on the middle of the cross stitch instead of being in one of the four corners, I can never get those right...
Heli said…
I don't like backstitches. As I stitch, I love to watch how the beautiful picture takes shape on the fabric, how the little details add up to an enchanting whole. However, if the design has backstitches in it, that means that I first have to complete all of the cross stitching in it and then come back to it for the backstitches, and only after all that will I get to see the beautiful details, because pictures that have backstitches in them only really take their shape after the backstitches are done. I like to be able to admire the completed details as I stitch, having to wait till "the second round" (backstitching) to see them is just a bit frustrating for me. I think that's one of the reasons I love HAED charts so much: amazing detail and only cross stitches!
mdgtjulie said…
I love to backstitch. It's faster than doing crosses, and it looks great. Also, I think it's easier to bs because you have a base framework already there. You bs based on the cross stitches you've already done, so you rarely have to frog it. At least, I do. I sometimes drive myself crazy putting things in wrong places with Xs, lol.
Shelleen said…
Back stitching depends on the designer and how much is in the piece. TW has sooo much but the Mirabilia's have just a little.
ana~stitch said…
am SOOOOO with you on this one, Joyce - hate it!! I've also avoided pieces that have too much, or I'll save it till last.
Nicola said…
I love it - but if its on a big piece I backstitch as I go if I can. I love it because it brings a piece to life and I love to see the fruits of my labour x
I love the backstitch! Sometimes I bs as I go so I don't have to wait for it! What I really like is planning my "journey" so I can stitch in one continuous thread rather than stopping and starting or carrying over long distances.
Joyce, if you don't like following the chart so closely, why not do your bs the same, stitch the outline the way you think it should look? I often change the diagonal stitches so curves are smoother.
Rachel said…
Hmmm, I definitely go in stages with this one. Sometimes I love backstitching, other times I loathe backstitching. I guess it depends on how much there is and how well I can read the chart. For the most part though, I don't mind it too much.
Bec said…
I've been thinking about back stitching a lot at the moment. My current project has HEAPS!

I hate it! actually, for the exact same reason as you. I don't like looking back at the chart every to seconds. But I do like the way it looks after it is all done. :)
I really like backstitching, since it's sort of relaxing to do and can make fairly detailed patterns look as cartoon-y as I'd like them to. I can understand the argument of tedium, but I think it's cool when a pattern uses it.
You've hit the nail on the head. That's exactly why backstitching can be painful. I love the way it looks but it means alot more concentration and staring at the pattern. I think also when you finish all the cross stitching it's a small short lived victory cos then you have the backstitching to go. Great question!
xo Alicia
mbroider said…
I would say, i love backstitching. I mean, i would have said i love bs. When it is straightforward [;-) ], i love bs. It adds to the beauty of the piece, and keeps me calm (and almost dancing too, no headache - just go down here and come up there, almost like singing a song). But if it becomes a project in itself, then i kind of drift apart, LOl. Like i did to Frederick the Literate. He has been shunned, the poor thing for months now...
wendy111 said…
I love what backstitch can do for a design with adding wonderful detail, I am just not always so keen on doing it. I tend to do it as I finish a section so I don't have to do it all at once. I have never not stitched a design because it had too much backstitching (but I might mutter a bit!)
Heather M. said…
I love how backstitching completes a piece, I just am not a fan of doing it :)
purplesunset24 said…
I love backstitching. I love how it cleans up your peice and gives that wonderful 3-D look.
Isadarena said…
Well, Joyce , to tell you the truth, the backstitching is not one of my favorite....but sometimes it is important to underline something :-)
I wish you a lovely day,
TammyK said…
Hi Joyce - I don't mind backstitching really. I think it adds to most projects. Hope you have a great day!
Novia said…
HATE IT!!!! Because most of time they include half stitch as well and it also means working in the same area 2 times. First the cross stitch then the backstitch. Unless if the backstitch is only decoration, then it's OK.
Joy said…
I never like doing it, but I am always so happy I did. Its one of those things that sets off every project. I especially love seeing eyes coming to life.
Mireille said…
Sorry, again i am a bit late for my answer but you know about my network problems :-(
I don't love backstitching. When it is an easy pattern okay but when it is complicated, like on color charts I hate it. I think for the same reason as Joyce, each 5seconds you have to check the chart. But indeed they make the work complete.
Hugs,
mireille
Mia said…
In some stitchings they are delightfull to stitch, in others they are a strugle!!
But boy do they bring the design out!!! So it's a must to do them, like them or not... ;) lol
Rhona said…
Have to agree with you about the blogging world...love it! As for the back stitching....hate it! Well, I hate doing it but love it when it's completed as it really does pull the design together.

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