Happy holidays everyone!
I'd wanted to get this finished before the festivities and have just made it, so here we go.
You know the drill by now: I painted the back of the stitches with diluted PVA glue, and after leaving it to dry overnight, could start to cut it out:
And fully cut out, including the fiddly bits in the middle:
I think it looks pretty good against the black background, but the idea here was white-on-white, so I stitched it to a piece of white silk satin. Pinned into position:
I backed this with some dove grey satin, just to neaten it up. The finished piece:
I'm not 100% happy with how this has turned out. The stitching gives a textured appearance which usually I like, but I think something smoother would have worked better in this case: if I was doing it again I would use satin stitch instead. Still, that's the whole point of doing these sample pieces, to experiment and find out what works and what doesn't, so that next time I can do it better.
Maybe I should make 'try and do it better' into my resolution for 2015. See you in the New Year!