This week we’ll continue with the stitch-along by stitching the base of the flower. Use your green metallic blend thread. I used Neon Rays +, but you could also use Glisten.
The area is stitched in Nobuko. This isn’t a new stitch to readers of this blog but because of the shape of the area, it can be a bit trickier to stitch. I began by starting at the highest point of the base, the left side. I put in the partial first row, below. It is a very short row, but don’t worry.
Once this row is in, stitch the second row, below. This will be wider than the first row; here is where you will want to stitch it differently. Normally, I make this stitch in one pass, alternating long and short stitches. Because the jumps in this area are large, I stitch in two passes. First, I make all the short stitches in the row. This means every other stitch is skipped. On the second pass, I put in the longer stitches.
Doing this makes it easier to count and makes it easier to be sure that this row is as large as it needs to be.
Continue making each row in two passes until you have a row that goes all the way across. Once you have this row, you can begin making the stitch in a single pass. The picture below has a block of the stitch.
I use the two-pass method for making stitches when the rows are getting longer. When the rows get shorter, even dramatically so, the single-pass method of making the stitch works just fine.
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