I decided to make my first attempt with an old familiar friend, the mushroom. I'm pretty familiar with their shape, and thought it would be an easy enough subject to tackle on my first try.
So, I sketched out a little shroomie and set off. I decided to start out with the long and short buttonhole stitch to go around the border, because I think it makes a nice, neat edge. So far, so good!
Here I have completed the border and have begun filling in with the long and short stitch, and I'm feeling pretty good about how it's going so far. But then........
I started to run into trouble when I got to the "corners". See down at the bottom on either side how the stitches are meeting at strange angles and running over top of each other? Help! What did I do wrong? How could I have worked the stitches so that there wouldn't be this messy miss-mosh in the corners? I've thought about it and thought about it and tried to think of how I could have done this differently, and I'm stumped. Did I mess myself up out of the gate with the long and short buttonhole border?
Anywho, I soldiered on and finished it. I had come so far! I didn't want to give up on it and toss it in the trash, so I did the best I could. Then, I tried to disguise the most awkward spots with a few little white french knots for dots.
I am still very much a beginner! I really want to learn how to do this, and would greatly appreciate any advice you may have on how to work the stitching lines. I have searched the internet for information on how to draw the directional stitching lines, but haven't come across anything very helpful. In the mean time, I will finish up my little shroomie and use him somehow, someday. Or maybe I'll just keep him tucked away as a reminder of my first try at this new and challenging stitch!