I finished the back side of the Trevelyon Holly Ornament. Yeah!
I have started the front side, surely it will go faster and be much neater than my first go. I couched the rest of the gold passing thread and then added the paillettes also called metal sequins. The package for the paillettes is such thin plastic that is nearly disintegrates when you open it. I'm just glad I didn't have to pick them out of the carpeting in the sewing room. I just scattered the paillettes around the design and didn't make them symmetrical.
I was afraid that too many of them would make it too polka-dotty. Now to critique it. I want to change the leaves as I don't like the stitch or the stripeyness. I love the sparkle of the gold. I want to make the berries all the same stitch (satin probably). I'm not sure I like the gold stitches in the center of the leaves. Considering my ineptitude in stitching this, it turned out pretty well. It looks like the picture in the magazine. I like the heavy chain stitch around the outside. I'm not sure I used the Japanese needle like it is supposed to be used. I just bent a quarter of an inch of the metal thread through the eye and kept clipping the thread when is started to unravel on the eye end. I tried to couch down the end on the back as I couched the front. I can't imagine you are supposed to knot the metal thread.
I got some more words on the Painted Lady Sewing Case. I also started the "basement" on the back of the front (is that a contradiction?).
Oops I did it again. I signed up for an online class. Jackie DuPlessis is teaching "Rhapsody in Blue" starting next month through Shining Needle Society. It seems I don't have to travel anywhere this year as so much of what I want to do is online. I am waiting to see what Celebration of Needlework classes will be offered. If there are two or three that I want to take, I may go this year. They are starting to update their website. I think they usually try to have everything posted by March 1.
Pinterest is a real time sink. I could spend hours just looking at the embroidery. Actually, I have spent hours looking at nifty stuff.
It is overcast and rainy today. We may get some sleet later. Crazy weather.