Sandra asked me this question: Do you find it easy putting in the tent stitches after the backstitch?
Well, the answer is yes. But let me explain. This is not my first rodeo. I stitched this Sharon Cohen design a while back.
I think it was the first time I used this technique of putting the backstitching in first. It is fun to put in the backstitching and see the design emerge. The backstitching gives me a reference point for the filling stitches. This means that I am less likely to get lost. I actually don't have to tent stitch every single thread. You just have to fill in. So when the backstitch obscures a thread or is at a certian angle, no tent stitch is needed. I've only had a time or two where I have taken out a stitch because it went over instead of under a backstitch. I haven't had a problem with splitting a backstitch when filling in. I have been using this little plastic magnifier to help me see if I have covered all the stitches in an area.
I realize that this technique is backwards from how cross stitch is usually done. In conventional cross stitch you do all the cross stitches first and then add the backstitches. But I sure have been having fun doing the design this way. Just picking out a small part to work on each day has been fun. I don't want to quit and work on something else.
I got the strawberries done yesterday. The colors of the stems and leaves are a little weird. As in blue or teal instead of green.