First, I practiced. (This was a much more comfortable stitch for me for some unknown reason, maybe because I've done lots of cross stitch.) After stitching the "normal" stitch, I tried it closed, tied and knotted. On the latter two I used a contrasting thread, but the contrast wasn't great enough to tell. My book says that if this stitch is done correctly, it will be in parallel lines on the back with the closed version resulting in a back stitch.
Normally, I don't show anyone the back of my work, but I just had to check it out to see whether what the book said worked. It did! What do you all do for knots? (There are some ends that need to be snipped, that's for sure!)
My second block shows SBS's other friend, a butterfly, and you may notice that Sue's facing in the opposite direction. I haven't yet decided what stitch I will use for the top of the hat, but Barbara's work inspired me with how to use the herringbone. (She used 2 colors, which looks very nice, but I'm happy with one.) Speaking of the butterfly, I used the suggested colors; next time I may just change them. Who's ever seen a red butterfly anyhow?
BTW, grass has sprouted on my first block! Check my blog soon to see.