I'm planning to start a cross stitch project soon using one of the online cross stitch pattern creators so that I can use an image of my choice instead of finding an existing pattern that I like.
The pattern creator wants me to fill in the white space with actual white stitches rather than leaving the spaces empty, which is what I usually see in cross stitch patterns. I'm guessing that it may be due to a failure in the pattern maker - it is programmed to fill in all spaces - but I wanted to check.
What are the benefits of filling in all of the white space, if any? Is it even standard practice ever or is it actually more common to leave the space white.
I know that not filling it in will save me a ton of time but if there's a compelling reason to do it, I might consider it more seriously.