Here’s my first entry for the &Stitches: Old Stitches, New Tricks competition – wish me luck! I had a lot of fun learning and improvising new stitches for this project! I wound yellow thread through black backstitching to mimic rope for the Lasso of Truth and combined straight stitch and fly stitch to create the small 5-pointed stars. The ‘W’ on the bodice was done in Hungarian braided chain stitch and plain braided chain stitch, outlined by couching one strand of black thread. I’d never tried any of those stitches before and I’m happy with the texture they add. The red bodice and yellow belt were filled in with chain stitch, which I also used for the hair and most of the outlines. I filled the shorts in with stem stitch – I’d never used it as a filler stitch before and the effect is really smooth! I definitely added a couple of stitches to my repertoire and I’m happy with the end result!