By no means is the finished product perfect, but for a first try I am content with the outcome. I learned alot along the way - I had MANY errors as you will see - and I just kept plugging along. Take a look:
in each row, I tried a different design
loops in the gray area
stars in the jungle print
hearts in the gray/red small print
loop - de - loop vines
here I did geometric squares
This was so hard to photograph - I'm not sure that any of the pictures were very effective in showing my work. Sorry for that -- for me though, it is a great document of my first try at this technique. What I have learned is that I need to continue practicing this and other stitching styles and DO NOT BE AFRAID. The worst that can happen is that I have to rip out some stitches if they are tryly awful.
What did your first try look like? How long did it take you to see marked improvement in your stitching?
Have a great day,