A few weeks ago, Cynthia of California Stitching suggested that I show all the work completed on the panel so far. This was a good idea, and with two panels now completed, this seems like a very good place to do just that.
So here it is (click on the image to see a larger version):
There a couple of points to note here: this isn't quite all the work I've done as there's a second central cross panel also completed (to go on the back of the Banner), but it's exactly the same as the one shown here. Also, I just laid the panels out for the photo, without centring them properly or anything; they aren't even pinned, let alone stitched in place, so the finished article should be rather neater.
With all that in mind, though, I'm still really pleased with how it's looking. This is the first time I've had everything out like this, so it's quite a relief that it's all working!
One thing I noticed in the photo that I missed when I was taking it is the shading of the flowers and leaves. Part of this is the deliberate shading with coloured threads that I've been doing throughout, but some of it is accidental - the applied flowers have a bit of depth to them, and in the light from the window coming from the top, they cast a small shadow. This was quite unexpected, but I really like it! I think it helps gives the flowers, and the whole piece, some life.
So, how do you think it's coming along?