Happy New Year, everyone!
With the top half of the spiral background completed, it's time to start on the bottom half. The top half was blue for the sky, and this is going to be green for the earth. I'm using a Benton & Johnson metallic passing thread again, this time in Elphin Green, couched with Gutermann Sulky machine embroidery thread no. 1051:
As you can see, the green is variegated again, same as the Marine Blue, and so should also give a nice effect.
As before, I transferred the design to the front using small running stitches over the transfer on the back, but also as before they're next to impossible to see on the photos, so you'll just have to take my word for it!
Here's the right side:
You can see the transition between the two colours quite nicely, though the background fabric still doesn't look right in the photo.
The left side:
And all work so far:
It's coming on!