Current block from Natalie Birds 'Tis the Season' Stitch-along blog project
From Hatched and Patched 'A Gardeners Journal'
From Hugs n Kisses 'Stitching Round the Block'
I really, really hate leaving long tails of thread on the back of the work, and I always tie them off and thread them down under a line of stitching to hide and secure them as soon as I've finished with that thread. It's just my pet peeve, the same with cross stitching too - I hate the back of my work to look like a dog's breakfast of jumbled tangled threads.
There are days when no matter how hard I try things just don't look right, maybe the threads get all fluffy, or the fabric won't stay at the right tension in the hoop. Also I've found it really hard to stitch neatly in black or very dark colours, for some reason they look thinner to me - might be a trick of the colours or maybe my eyes. lol
Most of all - practice, practice, practice, even if, like me, you have to start lots and lots of projects, it means you'll get more practice. LOL They do say "Practice Makes Perfect', and of course, enjoy your stitching too!
Any more help anyone can give here via comments would be great, as I'm always looking for pointers too, and I've found before when I've asked for help everyone is so obliging, so THANKS!
Thanks also for sticking with me for all this waffle today.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend...............Nicky