It’s three weeks since I last shared my Finery of Nature cross-stitch with you and if I say so myself, I’ve made pretty good progress!
Three weeks ago I was still deliberating over the colour of the back-stitching on the border. This is what happens when you change the colour of the background fabric from black to soft green, it’s easier on the eyes but harder on the decisions!! Having tried several different colours on the top row I still wasn’t sure…
I’ve now found a colour I’m happy with, in the end I took the whole thing down to Hobbycraft and played with their skeins. I bought four dark colours to try – I’ve found a big gap in the DMC colour range, there is no really dark grey, like a deep charcoal grey!The shade I found works is a really dark blue, a sort of midnight blue. It’s dark enough to feature whilst not being as hard as the black.
I finally finished all the back-stitching on the nest, I also added a soft taupe as a back-stitch round the wings. I’ve almost finished the flowers, though I mustn’t forget the french knots on the lily of the valley. Hopefully next time will be a mini happy dance as I finish this quarter and move onto the hummingbird.
This SAL is organised by Avis, we post our progress every three weeks, it’s a great motivator. If you would like to join us please send a message to Avis. For lots of hand-stitched inspiration, please follow the links;
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a weekly celebration of all things hand stitched.