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The photo above is labeled "three backgrounds" for a reason. If you look carefully you'll see wide diamonds on the left, a bit of skipped tent stitch along the front edge under the flower, and tent stitches between the flower and the bird and along the left edge. Skipped tent stitch will minimize the color changes in my JL Walsh silk/wool pink overdye but it has too much texture for this background. I found I was bothered by the dotted Swiss look, which seems distracting. I already have wide diamonds screaming LOOK AT ME! Substituting skipped tent isn't the answer to my background.
Tent stitches are. I am in the process of ripping out the skip tent test and the wide diamonds and tent stitching the entire background. I can't use basketweave, by the way. If I do, I'll get diagonal stripes of color. Instead I will need to work this line by line, with occasional areas where I'll concentrate pale or darkest medium pink. The background will look somewhat mottled but I like it as this reminds me of the way old fabric fades.
Tent stitches should work very well given what I plan to do to the bird. But that is a story for another day.
I recommend you think over Gay Ann Rogers' words carefully and look at your current painted canvas with them in mind. You may find yourself embarking on a new adventure, just like me!
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