Sniff - makes me remember the days I cross stitched and I'd love to have come up with this, or stitch it now. ~~ cat alphabet cross stitch - just realized how much of a loser i really am thinking this is the cat's meow (pun intended)
This is how you get really smooth, lovely satin stitches. Outline in split or chain stitch, fill in the area with chain or long & short stitches, and then do the satin stitch. The underlying stitches support the satin stitch and help it to lay smoothly.