The last couple of days have been spent cleaning up the mess the new portable airconditioner made. Now the carpet it dry , the fans are on and the windows open. I hope that keeps us cool enough. The rest of the time has been spent preparing my new embroidery pieces. The Portuguese sewing box and my Greek embroidery.
The Portuguese sewing box is worked on 40count linen, a challenge for my eyes. The cross stitch is worked in 1 thread and I keep miscounting. Things will get better once I get the first row finished but it has to be perfect, so slow work here.
With the Greek embroidery I have to thank Lynette who sent me lots of photos showing embroidery done in solid colours.
I have decided to use the colours that appear in the woven braids on the piece. The first challenge is the weave of the fabric. It is very open and almost like a crepe. Fine for line stitches but it isn't good for laying threads with satin stitch. I have had to do a line of chain and a line of split stitch around the yellow sections to get some sort of base.
I think that I will work the rest of it in a chain stitch to fill in the solid areas. I'm not sure just yet.
One this little piece of candlewicking is a practice piece. Years ago I embroidered a quilt top in Candlewicking. It was my "Dream Quilt". I ran out of cotton on some of the sashing and was never able to find it again. Then I found some on a jumble table just before I broke my arm. I was so proficient at the stitching by the time I had finished the pieces for the quilt I need to get back to that level before I finish it. Hence the practice. This quilt has a story which I will write about when I finish it.