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Do you like to do backstitch?

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Lyudmila
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Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Lyudmila » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:36 am

I am nearly there with my Christmas Night from Merejka, and I dread the moment when I will have to do all the backstitch. If nothing else, it is hard on my eyes regardless of the light. Plus I am not that patient, so it normaly takes me days to complete it. Thirdly , this particular company adores backstitch and to my mind overuses it. You should have seen the wreath from them which I am stitching! It should be called "backstitch with elements of cross stitch" Gi{{

LO{:} Any volunteers to help me with backstitch? I knew there will be none. -a sigh-

I asked this question because there are people who say they like to do backstitch. Of course, as my Daughter says in such cases, "What prevents you from saying this yourself?". But honestly I dont like it. Like we dont like medicine even if we know how helpful and fantastically good for us it is. Wish me good luck and lots of patience.

But still, Do you really like to backstitch?:)]
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Dragonlair » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:44 am

Actually, I DO like backstitching. However, I almost never leave it all to the end (occasionally I do, but not often). I usually do it along the way. Even with a hoop, I keep each stitch as short as possible so it doesn't shift out of place.

It adds so much dimension and I have fun figuring out the right "path". I do my backstitching like a running stitch (and than backwards) so it takes less floss (no across 2 on the back). I have to be careful to keep it from being obvious (one half of the stitches shifted slightly from other half) but I've got that figured out, too.

It adds dimension and done the way I do, it's not tedious.

I like it!
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby WV_Shell » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:18 pm

Yes I like the look of back stitching. It makes thing pop or at least that is how I feel. I agree it is now harder on the eyes back stitching. I now have to use reading glasses with some of fabrics, yuk. Still learning to look at fabric then how to look at pattern over the glasses or move pattern where I can see it. :\|
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Beaj » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:08 pm

I also find back-stitching tedious...but worth all the time it takes. My Autumn Blessing for instance would be boring without it but when I have to back-stitch between every corn kernel...it's frustrating ..but looks great when done.. @};-
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Jackie » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:57 pm

I like Backstitching! I know it is long, but have to think, the finish work. Backstitching make a big difference on the result of your work. Sometime, it is a long way! ;;}(
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby daisy_lil2000 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:27 pm

I'm not keen on BS, if it's a little that's ok, but if there's a lot then I dragged my feet with it. But the BS does make the finish piece come to life. THU{}
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Leslie » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:08 pm

I try to do the backstitching as I go - so I am not left with it all at the end. I find I do not mind doing it in small bursts .
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby stitchcrazy » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:46 pm

I have no problem doing the backstitching, what I sometimes have a problem with is designers that make their charts difficult to backstitch from. I have had charts where backstitching was done in 12 different colors and instead of the directions stating that certain elements were in a specific color they use different colors/styles of lines to denote the colors. I find it hard to read a chart that has colored symbols with colored lines across it, especially when the lines are thick, thin, dashed, and dotted of the same color! I usually leave mine until the end so I can see the entire project and make any changes I deem necessary.
I love blackwork which is basically running stitch in both directions.
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Lyudmila » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:16 pm

Sorry for a personal question, Liz- but who are those fantastic kids on your avatar? Grandkids? They are so charming.
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Re: Do you like to do backstitch?

Postby Lyudmila » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:20 pm

When I was stitching (twice) Sandy Littlejohns' "Victorian Christmas", I was wise enough to backstitch as I was going. Here I left it all and on Monday will face it all. Arn't I stupid having done so? I am lucky the backstitch is on a separate chart, so no problem at all. There are charts with backstitch on top of cross stitch and you can see neither.
Wish me good luck and patience. Hopefully will show you the completed picture on Tuesday.

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