A true Hanne repellent is to say - You have to do it like this. No twists allowed.
That is how stitchery was presented to me in the past.
Drawn with brown Pigma Pen, layered with cotton batting, preferably in an embroidery frame too.
I took to stitchery like a fish to biking ;-)
First I got rid of the frame - I do Not enjoy stab stitching and I like to have a good finger feel with what I am working on.
Cotton batting made my stitches to big and uneven, so I switched the cotton batting for thin polyester batting. Still not liking the stitches and all the planning that had to be done regarding the size of the finished work and the extra batting, I got rid of the batting altogether.
Now I use an extra layer of muslin so knots and thread do not show through. It works very well indeed, and I do not need to do any planning for the end product. An extra layer of muslin does not give an extra thickness worth mentioning, and I can use the stitcheries wherever I want, whenever. It also gives me the freedom of having ongoing stitcheries without any plan at all, like the needle book heart started :-)
I now use a mechanical pencil or my scanner and printer to transfer a pattern.
With the scanner and printer I use fabric ironed to freezer paper, scan very colour reduced and then print.
More often I use the mechanical pencil, which allows me to change the design too - if I want to.
Embroidery needles are nice to work with, and I prefer to use embroidery floss, 2 strands mostly and 1 strand to small details.
Last week I bought a Clover table size needle threader. It is so neat ! Now I do not need to use so much energy threading the needles.
The angels will soon be put into some planned small things.
I was so lucky to get the pre-printed muslin with a Bronwyn Hayes Christmas stitchery as a gift earlier this autumn. I will enjoy it now before Christmas, in red only.
Maybe it will be a pillow front when it is done ?