Stitching has started...
Yep, I've made a start on the embroidery. I have this idea in my head that I can make this quilt really great with embroidery... but I think it will probably end up just OK. But I've gone too far to turn back now.
So not too much to report, other than I've made a start on the gazillion French knots required to polka dot that tree. I've figured out that 1 metre of floss will get me on average 47 French knots and so far I've used I think 26m of floss. So using an average of 45 knots per metre to make the math easier that puts me at 1170 French knots and I'd say I'm not even halfway done. If I couldn't do a French knot before I'm certainly getting some practice in! At this point its still quite relaxing and I'm happy enough just French knotting. I figured once I start getting bored with French knots I'll make a start somewhere else. I'd like to start on the windows but I'm still a little scared of those, so still looking for reasons to delay beginning on those.
My main issue so far is running out of white floss. I went up to the store and they have plenty of B5200 and 3865, but no regular White which is weird. I wondered if 3865 is actually white, but after some googling I don't think it is. I've raided Miss P's stash and used all hers as well. So today I'll pay a visit to the local quilting shop and see if they have any plain white. Otherwise I guess I'll be making a start on those windows sooner than expected haha. Actually come to think of it I can just work on putting a centre vein on the leaves first. Aha! I can still put off those windows then - yes! 😆
Anyway if you're interested I'm using 3 strands and a double wrap French knot. Seems to give enough size that they can be seen from a distance (remembering this is supposed to be a wall hanging). I read an somewhere recently that the author reckoned you shouldn't need more than 2 wraps you should just increase the strands of floss for a fatter knot. Quite good advice I think, seeing in my own experience the resulting knot seems to get a lot less controllable the more wraps you have.
Thats all I have for now. Thanks for stopping by!