"Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern: it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Today I finished up the lotus blossoms on the right side, and started on the heron. Good weather, a long to-do list, and plans with friends and family are coming up in the next couple of days, so we'll see how much more stitching I get done.
Tonight I filled in the river and the sky between the columns. All variegated silks, and just beautiful colors. Tomorrow I'll fill in the sails with satin stitch and backstitch everything. Recently I discovered a podcast app for Android called, appropriately, Stitcher. It's a terrific app because you can tell it what topics you're interested in and it will offer up suggested podcasts you're likely to enjoy. I seem to stitch more while listening to podcasts than when I watch television.
Today was a much better day of stitching. I did the backstitching on the columns on the right side of the piece. I hate to backstitch so I'm doing a little at a time here and there. I noticed as I did the backstitching that I made a mistake on one of the columns. Can you see it?
After that, I stitched on the columns on the left side of the piece. I made mistakes here too, which I didn't notice until after I'd finished. Can you see those?
People say that what makes these Chatelaine pieces so unique is the hand-dyed threads. That's true, but my piece will be even more unique for all the mistakes I've made!
Ever have one of those nights when nothing seems to go right? Tonight my thread kept knotting, I made mistakes that had to be frogged, I dropped a bobbin down in the couch cushions... SIGH. Still I managed to get a bit done. Hoping for better stitching tomorrow.
I almost put off doing those Rhodes stitches on the border until the very end because I was afraid they'd get mashed by being rolled up in the frame. (Even though I loosen the fabric every night when I stop for the night, it's all rolled up for hours at a time while I stitch, and I like my fabric to be pretty tight, so I was still afraid it'd be mashed.) Then I read somewhere that some stitchers use batting to cushion beadwork in cross-stitch, so I thought it might work for cushioning thick stitches as well.
I cut a piece of batting the width of my stitching and put paper towels between the batting and the stitching.
I guess I didn't really need the paper towels, since the purpose of them is to keep beads from catching in the batting. Oh well, can't hurt. Then I just rolled it up carefully and tightened my scroll bars.
Hopefully this will keep those puffy Rhodes stitches looking nice.