I have made the biggest mess of this stitching. I am now taking a step back and am going to stitch a series of samples so that I can master some of the techniques. I didn't appreciate just how complex this stitching is, and it is complex, and has a huge range of styles . I started out seeing it as a 'Folk Embroidery'. But it actually encompasses a whole culture which is rich and deep. From my research so far I find that girls were required to first stitch samples, so that is where I will start.
I also found a video from back in the 1990's from Cleveland in the USA. It is a wonderful resource, even if the quality of the film isn't the best. It is about 38 mins but is divided into chapters, so you can take it in stages.
I also found a blog by a Hungarian woman Called "Kezimunkamania" that has some great patterns and they have been drawn in AutoCad so they are of a high quality. They are written in Hungarian but it has a Google translate on the page.
And now I see that Selvedge Magazine is running some workshops And that I have been doing the stitch upside down!
So, I restart learning these techniques.