I am a bit frustrated at the moment. I am working on an exchange project. We can stitch anything we like, but it has to be a freebie design. I am stitching it on 35 count lambswool with one ply of floss. As I stitch more, I tend to prefer higher fabric counts (35-40 count), and using just one ply of floss. It seems to go smoother and my stitches look much neater. Whenever I stitch with two plies of floss I feel as though my stitches look very bulky and I feel like they are not terribly neat no matter how I try and get all the floss to lay nicely. So when I chose my design, I decided to use 35 count with just one ply of floss, and at first I was really liking how it was stitching up. But now I am a bit undecided. This is another problem I have--indecisiveness! I keep changing my mind on things. Since this is something I am giving away, I want it to look as nice as possible. This freebie has a black bird on it, and I think the black on the lambswool looks rather skimpy. Of course it is too late (I have too much stitched) to start it over. So I chose another design entirely. I am now stitching on 32 count, but I am stitching over one! Out of the frying pan and into the fire!! I love this new design, but now I have a new problem. Some of the floss colors blend in very well with the fabric color, which makes it hard for me to stitch. I have good eyesight, but my poor little nightstand lamp is just not giving me the light I need to stitch quickly. Now that I have a little bit stitched, I can see the what I am stitching, but it is a slow process. Once I decide which one I am using for my exchange, I will show you the other one. I am also working on a needleroll. This calls for silk mori using two plies on 32 count fabric. Again, I feel like my stitching is not very neat and the stitches are bulky again. But I plan on sticking with this one, as I really like the design!
So what do you prefer? Larger or smaller counts? Do you like using one or two plies of floss? Or do you stick with what the designer used on the model? I know we are always our own worst critic--I would never be so critical over something someone else had stitched for me. But for my own work...Hence my indecision!