In my last stitching post I talked about playing with the overdyed floss, and you know, like one person noticed and wanted to see what I meant. Can you tell there's something different about each square's background?
On the "L" I stitched diagonally, starting in the upper right hand corner. You can see furrows when the lighting is right.
For the flower, I did a regular back and forth, stitching down the left side and up the right side. It was fortuitous that the shading came out light on the top and dark on the bottom.
You've seen before how I like playing with the overdyed floss. Remember when I decided that the flower on SamSarah's "My Whole Heart" shouldn't be stripey? In that case, I took random stitches around the flower. (f you click through, you can see the skips in the in-progress picture.)
I've also done what is called "forcing" when you cut the floss so that certain colors show up where you want them to on the design. I did this for the first time with Moss Creek's "Sumer is A-coming in" in the late 90s. Rae Iverson told me the technical term when I showed her what I had done. You can see that the brown floss is on the bottom center of the flowers. I made sure all the other queen stitches were pink.
But these are only a few examples of how you can play with overdyed floss. At stitch night, someone was talking about whether you had to cross each stitch when you worked with overdyed flosses (of course you don't). When I mentioned that I had been thinking about a post showing the different effects you could achieve with overdyeds, there was some nodding. So one more post to come!