It isn't as even as I would like, and although I have found working at the frame very relaxing and comfortable, and I understand the importance of running stitch in Skyros work, I am concerned that I will not be able to sustain counted thread work for this whole project on the 32 thread count linen. The level of accuracy it requires and the difficulty I have seeing well enough to count over such large spaces for sustained periods, will, I fear, cause me to give up well before I finish. I need to be able to work the stitches as true running stitches, rather than stabbing stitches if I am to work such large areas.
I decided, therefore, to experiment with changing the stitch as well as experimenting with magnification. I'm thinking I might work a series of different stitches - including chain stitch and Bokhara. I really like this piece, so I hope I can find an adaptation that will work for me.
I began my adaptation by trying Bokhara stitch on the pantaloons of the next figure. I tried to keep the couching stitches running diagonally, as the counted running stitches are intended to run.
I am much happier with this outcome in terms of result-for-time-taken to produce it. This I can manage, so now will look for other stitch variations - maybe try a different stitch for each man? I am also going to try using the magnifiers that clip to my glasses.