So, I have put in the last hand stitch on this piece. It still needs to be blocked and then made up, so another weeks work still to go before it is complete. My challenge was using a running stitch (pattern darning) and Kogin Hishisashi patterns from the Nambu region of Japan (even count), stitch a piece where every pattern is different.
There are 95 different designs in this piece, (and a number of small counting errors, which you really have to look for to find. ) I started by selecting the count of the diamonds then I choose patterns that would fit into that count. The fact that there are some small errors is a positive when it comes to teaching. It shows that although it is technically not completely correct, and you would never enter it into a competition, you can wing it, sometimes.
You know, it is going to drive me crazy that there are a couple of small mistakes. I might have to stitch another one?