I signed up for the Whedonverse swap in the Nerdy Swaps group on Ravelry. My partner is not on Craftster, so I'm throwing caution to the wind, and posting photos here prior to sending.
(if you're interested: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/nerdy-swaps/3222874/1-25)
My partner indicated she is a huge Shakespeare fan, and chose Much Ado About Nothing as her favorite Joss Whedon film. She loves the characters Beatrice & Benedict, who are a sassy couple pivotal to the play, so I found a wonderful interchange between the two of them and decided to try my hand at free-motion stitching.
Joss Whedon shot the film in black and white, and at first I was going to use black thread on a white background to reflect his version, but it was going to be such a tight fit, I decided to just change thread between her two favorite colors to represent the different voices (grey & blue).
The title and citation is done in two layers of black, which worked out well as I was able to go back and correct (read: fudge) some beginner mistakes made with lettering:
Everything else is done in single stitch. Benedict is in grey, Beatrice is in blue:
I outlined the area in painters tape, and used each strip as a line. This is where I would recommend giving yourself more easement:
The tape is flexible so you can grab it in your hands and manipulate it, and you can also stitch over the top of the tape, for the tails on "f's", "g's", and "y's".
I read a lot of tutorials on how to stitch free-motion, but liked the one where I could just set my stitch length on zero (as opposed to dropping the feed dogs completely) and was able to move it about as I liked. I made sure to practice several lines before starting on the actual piece. I also recommend making sure you know how to SPELL the words you are writing! Sounds silly, but Shakespeare did me no favors on this one! Zero stitch length is a sheer beast to rip out - which I had to do, twice! Hateful little thing. Also, plan ahead! Decide approximately how many letters/words you are going to try and fit on each line prior to charging ahead. Finally, when dotting 'i's' and crossing 't's' remember to HAVE FUN!
As I continued on, it was less stressful, and more enjoyable. I will definitely do another project like this again.
And, if you like, here is the back:
It's a little warped on the right where I needed to pull it more taunt, but it was also incredibly cramped (again, where I should have allowed for more ease). Live and learn, right?