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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
First set done!
There they are! The first set of this years decorations are done! I'm really happy with how they turned out. We'd brought them with use for park day yesterday, where I could keep working on the second set, and found they really sparkled in the sunlight. That's exactly what I was after, so I'm really looking forward to how they reflect the lights of the tree. :-D
The surface stitching for the larger decorations in the second set is done, but so far I've only applied the mirrors on the small ones.
With the fabric for this set being so much heavier, I'm able to go with heavier materials. The very first one ended up being very light, anyways. I did the alternating circle of red coral and gold glass beads, then couldn't figure out what to do next. Eldest pointed out that it was fine just the way it is, which is true. The bulk of this one will be in the trim after it's sewn.
I'm going to have to figure out how to wash the pencil marks off this one. I'd started out with longer points in the corners but, remembering how tight that fit when sewing them up later, I decided against it. Pencil doesn't erase well on this type of fabric. :-P
The border is done in twisted chain stitch, though it's kind of hard to see the twists. The stone chip beads are goldstone, which we all really like. The inner star is couched metallic floss, with the points filled with glass beads in 2 different golds.
This one was SUCH a pain to stitch as first! The outer ring is done in open chain stitch. With the rayon floss being so slippery, it was a challenge to keep the loops open. Not enough friction for the next stitch to hold open the previous one! The outer edge is finished with knots. The stone chips are turquoise, the star is couched metallic floss, with gold filament in between the points.
Now it's time for me to go. Youngest has the monopoly board set up and is waiting for me to get off the computer. :-D