So I’ve seen quite a bit of cross stitching WIPs, and I mean quite a bit. I sometimes spend my down time simply scouring the internet for different cross stitch designs and WIPs so that I can watch them evolve. Anywhoo, I sometimes see the crosses done first and other times I see the outlining/backstitching done first and I came to wonder: Does it make a difference which one is done first?
I usually do the crosses first and then the outlining but I do wonder if it makes a project look nicer when you outline first then cross stitch. Is it simply a personal preference thing or can you see the outcome in your work?
So that leaves me asking the question: Which do you do first??