Sometimes when things seem too easy, I get a bit suspicious. That was the case with this last string pieced background.
When it came time to add the design, I traced on my stencil design and decided on a simple black outline. And I continued stitching from the back because it’s really easier to see it that way on these type of backgrounds.
Looked good–nice and dark–couldn’t be easier. That is when I started to suspect that something might not be quite right. I turned it over and–
whaaaat?! You could barely see all that stitching through the fabric and color on the top! I was quite disappointed and couldn’t see a good fix right away.
I tried to add an outline stitch with black embroidery floss, but the background is too dense to get a needle through without a tractor pulling it! That’s why I do these with the machine in the first place.
However, I found that a beading needle is much thinner and goes through that fabric pile quite easily.
Back to the old standby, but it works for the desired effect. Fabric and thread will NOT defeat me. And I now have a handwork project…all is well.