Winter's arrived a month early this year - everything's under a thick blanket of snow, and I'm currently looking at a blizzard. A good day to be at home stitching, so it's a pity I had to go to work! Still, it did look quite pretty from indoors - this was the view from the office window this afternoon, with a corner of Newcastle Cathedral on the left:
Increasing transport problems led to the office closing early, and after surviving the commute home, I can now bring you up to date with work on the Banner.
I've added quite a few more flowers to the velvet background now; applying them is quite a fiddly process, but much faster than embroidering them in the first place. Here are a few more attached:
There are a few ferns to do, which as before seem to take more time and effort than somehow they ought. I can't help it, I still don’t like them as much as the other flowers. Never mind, I need to add them anyway.
To get the layout correct, I stitched on the first and last leaves first, to get the start and finish points:
And then spaced the rest of the leaves in between. Or almost all of them - when I laid them out roughly to check the spacing, putting all of them on was going to look really cramped, so I missed one out.
I'll remember that for the rest of the panels - one leaf less to stitch! Here's the completed fern:
And the full panel so far, with a few more flowers on it:
There are still a lot of flowers (and ferns!) to add, but I'm pleased with how it's coming along.