A question I get asked quite a lot is how long my stitches are. The first time I was asked I took a ruler and measured, a fairly consistent 3mm. But this morning I was a little distracted while I was stitching this first draft of a princess and listening to podcasts and when I looked down I noticed something strange. I had naturally stitched much smaller stitches on the inside curve of the dress. I expected my stitches to be the same size throughout as I do such a lot of back stitch but my subconscious had decided that the waist of the dress would be better with smaller stitches. The funny thing is I think it does look better, it adds to the sense of the dress pulling in tightly around the waist then billowing out into the full skirt.
I do know that the backstitch on my little caravan door is bigger than 3mm probably because it's a longer straighter line. I've realized that I often don't think too much about the stitch size. It seems to happen naturally. There are occasions when I might deliberately use a tiny stitch or a much longer stitch for a particular effect but usually I just start stitching.
In the past I haven't included a suggested stitch length in the pattern but now I'm thinking it might be helpful for beginner stitchers to have a sense of how big the stitches should be. After all I have no idea if other people's back stitch is the same length as mine or not.
My stitch length and tension are something I have been paying more attention to recently because I have been playing around with chain stitch. Chain stitch changes so completely according to the stitch length and tension so you can create really different effects. A tight tension and smaller stitch makes beautiful hair (this would work on the ballet dancers hair too) whereas a looser chain with bigger stitches looks completely different.
I will share more of my chain stitching explorations soon.
Today is a beautiful sunny day but I am stuck indoors waiting for a parcel for my son hoping the sunshine will last for the weekend.
I hope you have a beautiful weekend no matter what the weather