So I am designing a purse with bees on it (I collect bee items). It's a big purse so I wanted to cover the background quickly and add interest in the form of a decorative stitch. At first I tried doing the stitch right up against the bee but I thought things got a little crowded. It was hard to see the bee. Then I decided to add a basketweave border around the bee...I think it is MUCH more successful. Now the bee stands out and doesn't get lost in the decorative stitch. I used Byzantine in the final version (of course I didn't take a picture of the final version...sorry, blonde moment)...but here's a diagram: Essentially you go over 3 intersections at a that 4 times and then drop down a line and repeat. It's fun! I will keep you posted on the purse's progress. Happy stitching, Susan