Oh my gosh I am so excited! It’s almost finished…Once all the stem stitch was done on the branches, the next step was the blanket/buttonhole stitch all around the edge of the lower leaves.
In the very clear instructions, Nicola suggested to stitch a line of running stitch with sewing thread about 1/2 inch inside the leaf shape from the edge. This running stitch was to help keep the inside edge of the blanket/buttonhole stitch nice and even. It worked quite well and it’s something I’ll do again. Brilliant!
Working blanket or buttonhole stitch on a curve is a bit tricky because inevitably there will be little tin pie shaped spaces between some of the stitches. At least when I do it there will be!
If I could have made every single one of those space exactly the same size, I would have left them there, adding to the texture of the piece. But I couldn’t (still can’t, in fact, after all that stitching) so I went back and filled the spaces in very carefully. I brought the needle up on the inside on the curve (away from the pretty edge) and then tucked the needle just under that pretty edge, hiding the spot where the thread goes through to the back. Then it looks all nice, smooth and even. Pretty tricky, eh?
The next thing to do was the seeding. I just love seeding! LOVE IT! I always feel like I’m tossing sprinkles onto the fabric with my needle and thread. It’s such fun to stitch them close together towards one edge, getting progressively farther and farther apart as the seeding moves towards the center.
There’s not much left now…but it won’t be done in the next few hours. Nope, there’s enough to keep me happily occupied for a few more evenings after school. The trellis is begun but has yet to be finished. Some stem stitch borders, some satin stitch on the circles at the top of the design and some velvet/turkey rug/ghiordes knot stitching to do on some of the other circles. I’m excited to do that bit since I’ve not done that stitch on a piece before now. Then the last outline stitching, using couched thread, and it will be done.
Right about now, whenever I’m working on a project that takes a while, I have such mixed emotions. One the one hand I’m excited to be finished and see the design all stitched. ON the other hand, I don’t want it to end – I’ve just gotten the hang of this piece and feel that I now know it intimately.
Do you feel that way too?