Her answer got me to thinking that I should do more of this, explaining why I choose to do things a certain way. So here are a few whys:
1. Why I stitch my Rhodes with an extra last stitch, which goes over the first stitch. Look at the diagram below...
2. Why I always search for the path that will wrap my canvas threads.
3. Why I believe that you should bead on canvas using a thread the color of your canvas and NOT the color of your bead. Look at the illustration below and squint. The top bead is going to look elongated, oval-ish and the bottom bead will look distinct, standing out on the canvas. The bottom bead with the thread the color of the canvas brings the bead to light, and makes it stand out on the background of the canvas color.