Glad your liking it your lines will be a biy wobbly to start with but just keep at it. my tip for today is dont use to fine a liner as with a 3rl you will see every wobble try a bigger one like a 5 or 7 or even a 9, it really builds your confidence in lining. I did lots and lots of lines to start with just keep going you can only get better.
That practise stencil is really good Davy very close to what i was doing. i just did some lines and cicles and stuff on microsoft paint, then printed them out traced them on to carbon paper with a pencil, and heres the good part i put the pencil on to the machine as this gave me a really good insight on how to do it when i transfered it to pigskin. then just swopped the pencil out for the needle and tube/grip. i found it helped me a lot as you really have to slow down when tracing it and a really good feel for the lines. if you understand what im saying that is lol.
You really need to slow down when lining it dont need to be rushed just a nice steady even speed with your hand, that way you will get nice crisp lines. Try not to be to quick in getting the lines done the speed will come in time, i suggest you try that pattern again but dont rush it then compare with this one. Then you will be able to see the differance.
I have been going through thses piggy pics and some of them I find hard to believe are first timers. I was glad you posted your pics they are better than my atempts (but only just). I think all the advice given is honest and I shall be following it myself. Thanks for your honest pics and if you want a laugh look at my "im gonna do it thread).
I shall be back after some serious tracing practice.
p.s. where did the practice stencil go?
If one of you lovely people could advise some desgns to start or provide a practice stencil that would help loads?