I have to admit that I was slightly further on with Carbonifera than I showed in the last post, so when readers gave a range of good advice after I'd said I wasn't too happy with the gold machine embroidery thread I'm using to couch the laid thread, I was in a quandry: adopting the ideas suggested would undoubtedly improve matters, but would the difference to what I'd done before look really obvious?
I had actually made a start on couching the leaves in the shades of grey:
In some ways, I was very pleased with how it was turning out - I think this has a lot potential for my work - but in others, it made matters worse: the stranded cotton I was using is much thicker than the gold couching thread, which also pushed the laid threads further apart.
Basically, while I'm very happy with the theory, I'm not happy at all with the practice.
So, I need to decide what to do next: carry on as before and hope for the best, change what I'm doing part way through and hope no-one notices, or give it up and start again.
There's only one choice, really - there's no point carrying on with something that I don't think is working, so I'm going to abandon it.
Well, for now, anyway - I'd like to have another go, but only when I'm satisfied that it's going to go as I'd like. As such, I need to run a few tests, varying threads and techniques, and see what works the best. That's going to mean buying a few bits and pieces (mail order, local shops being what they are), so there'll be a bit of a delay while I get things in.
I'll need to think of something else to do in the meantime...