All of the Sun Bonnet Sue blocks have lots of stem stitch! With that in mind, I tried to practice a couple of new versions of the stem stitch that were suggested in my old book, needlework stitches by Barbara Snook. I tried the whipped stem stitch, the encroaching stem stitch and the cable/alternating stem stitch. Has anyone figured out where right and left of the needle are? I learned it as above and below the needle and can't decide if right of the needle is with the needle facing you or you facing the needle? Totally confused myself. Actually one newer book that I have said that left of the needle is incorrect and gives no mention to the outline stitch at all. At any rate, I usually work the stem stitch with the thread below the needle. Also, has anyone figured out a good way to go around a right angle corner with the stem stitch? Sue's fence has lots of corners, and I never did come up with a way I liked very much.
Aside from the "normal" stem stitch, I used the cable version on her shoes. Please notice, they aren't black! The gate is a little strange because it's not attached to anything according to the pattern. I fixed Sue so she's not floating, nor is the gate, but to me it needs anchoring somehow. Any suggestions?