The thread breaks open showing the silk center easily and after only a few stitches. See the yellow plume at the top?
It makes me wonder if I am using the correct needle for gold thread. I am not very happy with what I have stitched so far. It isn't very nice and even. It does look sparkly though. I tried a few stitches using various techniques just to see if a different stitch looked better. I think the cross stitch one looks nicest.
I don't relish taking out what I have done so I will probably stick with the knitting stitch. But it is not fun. I went looking for my hoop as I thought that might help. While looking for the hoop guess what I found?? The basket thread!! It wasn't on a spool as I had imagined, it was just coiled up in the bottom of the Laundry Basket of Shame getting cozy with another thread. I can't believe I found it. I shouldn't be surprized as I ordered some more yesterday ( it is more than 20 dollars a spool!) so of course I would finally find it. Then as I was working on Flowers of the Needle, I couldn't find the spangles. Why do I keep losing things? Well, the bag does have a tear in it that I finally covered with some scotch tape.
I have made good progress on Flowers of the Needle. Sometimes I am afraid of trying to stitch things that may not turn out. But one must soldier on. I am proud of my pansy. I added the purple color in the middle and think it looks good.
I should kit up some easy stuff to take with me on my trip.