3 Sizes of Stippling
I marked my fabric sandwich into three vertical channels and started with the central large scale stippling. It seemed like I had finished before I even started. Thanks to practicing large scale basic stippling during the first week this was very easy.
Large Scale Stippling - Close Up
Out of all three sizes of stippling this was the easiest and most consistent when it came to stitch length. I also spent the least amount of time so fatigue and boredom didn't have a chance to set in.
Next I tried my hand on a medium scale stipple. This is the channel on the left shown in the 3 Sizes of Stippling image above.
I still had solid control of my stitch length when doing the mid-sized stippling. I do recall getting hung-up over the size, which is a bit larger than the half inch channels suggested by Leah. I found it difficult to look at my finger (a half inch guide) while I was also stippling. I decided what was most important was that I stayed consistent, which I did.
Small Scale Stippling
Boring! Although I tend to work small scale most of the time on my own work, I found stippling at closer to a 1/4 inch scale boring. It was easy to get distracted. This meant that my stitch length wasn't as consistent. I have a tendency to ramp up the speed with my foot to a point where my hands and brain don't keep up. The result is tiny stitches. I needed breaks to shift my hands and regroup my brain, so there are a few hesitation and stop/start points. It was also easy to move from small scale towards medium scale stippling, so the consistency of scale isn't quite as good with this sample as it is with its larger scale sisters. However, unless you look very carefully and know what you are looking for the inconsistencies aren't noticeable.
What I am very appreciative of with this project is that it acts as a good warm up for my personal free motion quilting on my current project. I can sense a much stronger sense of control, ease and even stamina at the machine.