I've been noticing some of the different ways stitchers utilize the nobuko. Anne Stradal (http://www.Thecapestitcher.com) was the first person I saw turning the nobuko on its side. It changes your perspective and looks totally different. I decided to stitch a nobuko sampler showing as many variations as I could locate. So far, I only have 5. They are nobuko, double nobuko, alternating nobuko, double alternating nobuko, and nobuko variation 1,3,5.
Another note, the world's best mathematician --me, HA!--set out to do 20x20 stitch squares. Notice the medium blue is 18x20. That kept waving at me, so I'm making the hot pink rectangle 18x20. I guess you might say that I'm accustomed to screwing up and figuring out ways to make things look good!
On another topic: This afternoon Needle Nicely was visited by the 3rd and 4th generations of a stitching family who have been customers of the shop since 1981 when we opened in Vero Beach. Clarice totally fell in love with Gunther when she saw him and walked him all around the shop. I'm sorry that I missed the many loving looks she gave him. And she gave him back with no reluctance or tears. I can foresee more visits in her future!! (And her mother is now planning on stitching her own 30" Gunther!)