Yesterday I started an embroidery that is all in backstitch, (with just a few french knots).
I was inspired by the work of Yumiko Higuchi,
you can see lots of her stuff on her Pinterest boards, here
She seems to cover a whole piece of fabric with motifs, like this:
and then either frame it or use the fabric to make another item: such as these bags:
So, I drew out some motifs onto one of my fat quarters of Essex Linen, using a blue ink pen that disappears when it gets wet.
I had about 4 hours yesterday to stitch, so I was able to get a pretty good start on it.
Sometimes in redwork embroidery you use backstitch for more detailed pictures, and stem stitch when you want a heavier line,
As I was stitiching, I started to think that it would be lots of fun to have a class at the store based on embroidery stitches! (My mind is in overdrive right now as I am thinking of our new store space).
It's been about 4 years since we had a whole variety of classes, since we just haven't had a dedicated space for a classroom. However, in our new space there is a full basement (2000sq.ft!) and surely we will carve out a large sewing room. So, now my brain is churning about what sort of classes we might offer..... If there is something you've been hankering to take a class in, let me know!!