This is the way I usually stitch.
Across & then back. (This is not my photo by the way. I lifted it from the internet but there is no indication of whose it is so my apologies to whomever that may be.)
Stitching this way has always worked well for me. However, I'm going to be using some variegated threads & I have been informed previously that I need to use these making one stitch at a time. I get the concept & the "why" behind this but I am a bit confused concerning big blocks of things. You know how much I love big blocks of things. Examples: A big side of a barn, a big expanse of lawn, or a big cookie with pink icing. (Sorry about that cookie thing ... I've been dieting for 2 weeks & I am hallucinating cookies everywhere!)
On these big blocks of things, do I cross stitch my way, one at a time, from left to right, & then drop down to the next row & cross stitch the opposite way, one at a time, right to to left? Or let's assume my worst nightmare has come true & I need to have small unstitched areas or small areas stitched with a different color thread in the middle of the big block. What then? Stitch one section one stitch at a time, skip over & stitch another section that way, & continue to the blessed end?
This is a little sampler I'm making someone for yet another exchange & thankfully the letters are stitched with a solid color of DMC so I can get started on those right away, but I do ask your help with the big block, one stitch at a time issue.
Thank you : )
Incidentally, have you noticed that my Christmas countdown thingie there on my sidebar is showing that in just a few days we are going to have LESS THAN 100 DAYS until Christmas?!?!? Part of me is saying "Hooray!!! How exciting!!!" The other part of me is saying "YIKES!!!"