Sheepish wrote:I jump a long distance if there is stitching I can pass my thread under on the way to the next area, or if there will be stitching there later that I can stitch over the long jump stitch. However, if I'm doing long jumps I prefer to have my project in a hoop (which I rarely use otherwise) so that it doesn't pull too tight.
That's a very good point! I did forget to add that I always stitch with my canvas taut. I use a Q-snap for my stitching but if you are planning to skip to a new area I would suggest keeping your canvas tight so that you don't tug on your fabric in one specific place.
An example of this would be when you are completely done with the project but it won't lay flat due to the skip strand being too short for the area it has crossed. I did this once and ended up just severing the strand and anchoring at the end and at the area that was jumped to! any method is fine and making choices for your own projects is what makes each stitched piece unique!