So I had a vision for these little mice I started working on some time back. I thought I’d make their faces in split stitch and use Turkey stitch for their bodies for extra! fluffy! cuteness! In my head, it was adorable.
But even though the embroidery communicated the lines of the drawing, it lost something for me. After looking at it for a while, I think I know what it is and what I’d do differently next time.
The problem is that the split stitch faces (done with one and two stands of DMC floss) are so flat, and the Turkey stitch is so fluffy, the faces and the bodies almost seem to occupy different planes (in a wrong way.) Instead of the faces pointing out, they recede behind the bodies. It makes them look like they’re ducking their chins into the collars of fur coats. I don’t like it.
Possible fixes: Do the whole think in split stitch, which I think worked very well on the faces, and save the Turkey stitch for something else. Or: use a more raised stitch for the faces– split stitch with 4 strands, maybe, or stem stitch. Something that would elevate the face above the fluff of the Turkey stitch.
The good thing is, now I know. I plan on using Turkey stitch for a squirrel tail in the near future, and now I have some ideas about how I’m going to treat the body. I also know that I really like bullion stitch mouse toes. Chalk this one up to a learning experience. If I ever want to embroider Cruella DeVille, I know exactly how I’ll I’ll work her coat.