Here are a couple of test stitch-outs I did yesterday. The first one was supposed to be a letter T from a cross stitch Christmas alphabet freebie. It was a dismal fail with 3 thread breakages in that little bit that I stitched before cutting my losses. Plus, the cross stitch look wasn’t to my taste either. In the recycling bin that alphabet goes!
The second one is a gorgeous letter G, from the Small Crowns alphabet by Sonia Showalter. It stitched up beautifully with no thread breakages, in the same hoop with the same (cheap) thread as the first design. Conclusion? Quality counts! Since these are just test stitch outs, I use scrap fabric, cheap thread and a hasty hooping job. But it seems a quality design will still look good despite all those things. Can’t wait for the rest of that alphabet to be released.