Backstitching, Long Stitches, and Couching for the Frankenstein SAL

Hello stitchers! I have been thrilled to see so many beautiful finishes for Part One of the Frankenstein SAL on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you for sharing!

There have been a lot of questions, however, about the backstitching and long stitches for this SAL, so here is some clarification on the subject. I also created a tutorial for all of our new stitchers that you can find in the video below which includes a tutorial on the couching method that we will be using in Part Two.

First of all, for this SAL I used two strands of floss for all of the cross stitching, but only one strand of floss for all of the other detailing. As far as what stitches I used for each element, in the two blocks of Part One, everything is done in long stitches except for the window panes of the house. That means the rain, the ship rigging, and the points of the star above the ship are all completed as long stitches in the model. 

The reason I chose to do the window panes as backstitches rather than continuing with long stitches is because the window panes involve stitches that are very close together and cross over each other and I felt that it would give it a cleaner look to complete that area as backstitching.

Please note that just because I completed these elements in a certain way, that does not mean that you cannot do it in a different way, if you would like. And if you have, say, already completed the window panes using long stitches, there is certainly no reason for you to feel like you need to take it out and redo it. I have seen several photos of the windows done with long stitches and they look lovely. As always, it simply comes down to your personal preference and how you enjoy stitching. 

Again, you can watch the video below if you would like more information on this or would like to see me work these stitches. Happy stitching!


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