I take no issue with geometry in quilting, but with needle and thread, for some reason it's different. This is part of the reason why, when I discovered the back stitch, I suddenly felt the doors of expression in the world of embroidery open with a big whoosh of ideas. There we go, I thought. Here are curves; the stems for flowers; the roll of hills.
Are you ready to take a break from geometry? Give your text some curves. Here's where we left off after we transferred our pattern:
|Put it in a hoop! These are super cheap.|
|I got all my colors picked out for this project and I'm going with a pretty subdued pallet. It's the onset of winter that does this to me.|
|Thread your needle, knot the end, and stick it through where ever you want to start.|
|Make a simple stitch to start.|
My nails are purple, not black (that's for you mom!)
|Wander down the line a bit and pull your thread through. You want to give a stitch's worth of space, as if you were starting a running stitch.|
|And here's where the "back" in "back stitch" comes in: Instead of moving forward with your running stitch, back it up to the exact same hole where your previous stitch ended up.|
|Hey look at that! Two stitches! Right together, in a beautiful, wonderful, continuous line.|
|Keep on going and you'll eventually outline all your letters. I started going backwards and filling in the letters. I think it makes it look more cozy. The onset of winter and all.|
|Right next to your first line of stitches, start again, making sure that you start in the middle of a stitch on the original line. This will make the stitches appear staggered. They will be neat and tidy, but with variety!|
|After your first stitch, head backwards again. You're on your way!|
|I will be packing this in my "fun" bag for my upcoming 12 hour car ride. I can't wait to get the minty color on the leaves!|
Also, let me just impress you with the knowledge that I took all these pictures myself, doing some crazy DSLR yoga moves to feature my right hand holding a needle, and hitting the button/holding the camera with my left/keeping the cat out of the shot. I give myself a pat on the back.