When I pick stitches I use three rules, one for figuring out if the stitch is too small, and two for figuring out if the stitch is too big.
Here they are:
- A stitch is too small if you think it is.
- A stitch is too big if it requires too much compensation throughout the canvas.
- A stitch is too big if three units of the stitch cannot fit in each direction.
These rules are true no matter how many stitches you know, but they are more helpful when you know lots of stitches.
In a recent article in Mary Corbet’s Needle n’Thread she gives five tips for picking stitches. Follow these and you’ll be finding great stitches with ease.