|Front View of Cucumber Vine Practice Piece|
This assignment was a tough one. It involved travel stitching greater distances and along curved lines. Leah named the pattern she has us practicing, Cucumber Vines. Instead of expanding with branches or roots, spiral tendril shoots reach out through the open space.
|Detail of the Spiral Shoots Shows Just How Trick|
Travel Stitching Can Be
|Back Side of Cucumber Vine Practice Piece|
It never hurts to practice. I have no doubt that my traveling stitching is improving, even on the curves, since the gap between the first stitch line and the travel line, when it does occur is tighter than in the past.
|Detail of Back Side of Cucumber Vine Practice Piece|
It is easy to get hung up on the travel stitch gaffs. Looked at from a glass half full perspective, I have made leaps forward with tension issues due to lack of hand/foot coordination or hesitation beads. There are no pulled loops around the curves. There isn't a single hesitation pile up of thread. Perhaps there will come a time in the future when working on the latest challenge that I discover my travel stitching no longer has gaps.