I'm just goofing off today. I finished the Just Nan limited edition mouse. I love it. I need to put a spot of glue on the whiskers so they won't just pull out. I think I did pretty well finding linen in my stash the right color. I bought a bunch of small leftover scraps of fabric from The Silver Needle and one was a very good gingerbread color. I didn't even count the threads to see if it is the right size. It was a fun stitch.
I goofed around with some of the 40 count linen that I got with my casket in mind. It was suggested in this month's lesson in Cabinet of Curiosities that we stitch just one part of the casket and frame it. So I picked a small side and stitched the first line of the poem that I wanted to put around the casket. That turned out fine. Then I went to the window and traced with a micron pen a design for in back of the words. I tried stem stitch for the vine with one strand, then I tried it with two strands.
I like the two strands better as it stands out more like a vine. I tried the technique where you tent stitch the outline with a darker color and fill in. I found out that the darker color needs to be really darker to be noticeable. I learned that I don't really want to do a whole casket over-one on 40. ARGH. I want to try a leaf in cross stitch over two and see how that looks. I'd also like to try embroidering a flower and see if I can stand it. This is just a learning scrap to help me figure out what I want to do eventually.
I am getting the hydrangea design that just came in the mail all set to stitch on the silk gauze.
Today is a day full of possibilities.