Here is the piece that I stitched. It is one of the stitching challenges that I'm going to suggest to the students in my upcoming Hand Stitching class. In this challenge you stitch for five and then make a change. The change could be a change in the direction of the line or a change in the stitch...or both!
I stitched five Running stitches, then changed direction and stitched five Back stitches. The background was hand painted and sprinkled with salt to get the gradations of gray.
At first I did all the stitching with two strands of white DMC floss but I found the result lacked the "punch" that I hoped for. I thought...maybe I should start over on another piece of fabric with three or four strands of white floss. But then I got the idea to shadow the original stitches with two strands of black floss. I think the result is pretty interesting!
It was fun to work out the changes in direction while stitching. I wanted to make sure that the stitched lines filled out the square area, but that they never crossed...sort of like building a maze!
Only two spots left in the class!