Firstly, don't use the chart on the packaging. I designed the font and placement of the letters based on the chart that was included, which turned out to be woefully inaccurate. And when did I discover that? Oh, you know, when I was nearly done with the second line! D'oh! So the words are very close together, unnecessarily. Whoops!
Secondly, filament thread is a pain in the patootie! Yeah, I said it! Take that filament makers! I had never worked with it before and I wasn't prepared for the snagging (oh, the snagging!) and the unraveling (raveling!) and general disfunction. Fortunately, I had stitched all the black first - because I was afraid the silver would twist too much into the black and wouldn't be visible. So I stitched all the letters and then stitched over those stitches with the silver thread. In the end, it is hard to see and caused my hair to turn grey.
Lastly, I learned that I don't really like stitching without a hoop. Because I don't like to move my work through a hoop (so that the hoop presses on completed stitches -- it's a thing), I like to use a large enough hoop to work in the center and trim the excess. But with a rectangular shape, that's hard to do, so I just held the fabric as I stitched. Too loose.
In the end, it's a janky piece of work that is loose and crowded and the back looks like a nest of tangled vipers, but hey! It's a gift, so no one can complain! bwah ha ha ha!
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