|Horizontal Gobelin Background|
The stitch above is called Horizontal Gobelin Background in Brenda Hart's Favorite Stitches Book 2 (page 81). I love Brenda's books and use them more than any others in my stitch library. (I think canvas embellishment beginners won't find Brenda's books as easy to use as the Stitches for Effect series, however.) As you can see, I decided it would be easier to work this with the canvas turned on its side. The stitches are roughly rectangular shaped and they are done in gentle slopes that point directly at the Pirate Cat.
Whenever I fill a large area with stitches, I try to start my first row in the largest point. By the time I worked my way from the center out to each side, I am familiar with Horizontal Goblein Background and find compensating easier.
Speaking of compensation, look at the photo on the right. See how I am continuing my background stitch in red right over the pirate hat? If you stitch your background first, you can stitch complex background stitches from one area to the next using a contrasting thread color to continue the rows on the other side. It's easy to pull out the red stitches later. This way I made sure that the rows on the left side of the cat match up with the rows on the right side because I had a row stitched all the way from one side to the next. Once I got through the pirate hat, I switched to my regular background thread and continued on, establishing a row that I could use to fill out the area properly.
One reason I like to do backgrounds first is that you can easily count over (or stitch over) the main areas to make sure the background areas are all lined up. There is no rule that says you have to do the background first. I just find it easier.
Each choice you make when embellishing a canvas narrows down the choices you make later on. Since I decided to emphasize the green eyes with green metallic thread and a green background, I have to have two greens that work together. It makes it easier to choose threads when you have a goal in mind.
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