There has been so much stitching going on that I haven’t written as I’ve gone along so this will be a bit jumbled. We leave soon for England and the piece needs to be at a point where I can finish the stitching in three days and leave one day for mounting. The problem is, I’m not sure how to determine when there will be only three days of work still to do!
After stitching the eves I did move on to the top part of the temple building and the small building on the left. I stitched them using a mix of reds and browns but after living with it for a few days decided that it looked messy. My husband agreed – in the nicest possible way! – so I took it out. This poor piece has had so much taken out it’s a miracle that the canvas is still in good shape!
As I worked I covered the finished stitching with plastic wrap stitched loosely to the canvas outside the design area. I tried using tissue paper but it just floats away or falls on the floor. I didn’t leave the plastic wrap on the piece when I was finished with the sky but it did help prevent the snow from getting dirty.
The details on the tree were especially fun to do. I took some floss in a medium tan/brown/pink and stitched around the bark. To stitch through all this wool you have to use a sharp needle and I found a thin one was best. I’ll probably outline the tree with the same thread but will wait until I can talk to my tutor to make sure my idea will work. This is one place where I don’t want to take stitches out.
Here is the stitching on the smaller building that I took out. In fact, if you look at the photo above this one you can see a tiny bit of fuzz left on the canvas. There are two things about this stitching that didn’t work for me: the right hand edge, where I’ve tried to show perspective and the corner just looks daft and the mixed threads look too stripy and messy. In the photo above you can see that using the same stitch – double linked cross – but Impressions threads in single colors in the needle worked much better. I did change shades of red, getting lighter as I worked towards the bottom. The single color in the needle seems to have worked well here and, although I did mix the colors in the rows to make the shading gradual, I didn’t mix the threads.
Next time a close up of the work! You can see my worked packed up and ready to go to England in a beautiful bag Jan made for me. I called British Airways and spoke to a lovely lady who assured me they would let me carry this down the gangway where it would be carefully put into the hold for the flight and I could pick it up in the gangway as I got off. I hope it all works out! We’re flying away to England today and soon you’ll be hearing from me as I work with Kelley Aldridge in Bristol! I can’t wait!