I've had a few stolen moments to work on my properly aged sweet bag kit, and all the outlining is complete.
I'm filling in the motifs now, and adding Queen stitches to the band at the bottom. I will have to wait until I take the linen from the scroll frame to do the center of the big flower at the top of the bag. It's spiral trellis, and that is the only stitch that I can think of that I can't work any way other than in hand. I need to turn the work as I do it, and I need to have a thumb to hold the thread in place to keep my tension consistent.
I think I need to do some You Tube searching to see how people handle spiral trellis while it's framed up, especially on slate frames. This is something I need to know.
In other news, yesterday was a fantastic mail day. The first thing to arrive on my doorstep was the latest Frostings Kit from Thistle Threads:
This one has beautiful trims and threads, and included fabrics--there is a piece of batiste that is absolutely lovely. Then, Tricia posted a video at Thistle-Threads.blogspot.com showing how to use one of the trims to make a leaf--OMG, game-changer! I've seen a similar technique on a project from Alison Cole and was intrigued, but the video shows it step-by-step. I have a tree that is getting additional leaves. There may be several trees that get additional leaves, depending on how far I can get the trim to go--or if there will be more available in the future.
Then, a few minutes later, the latest shipment in Jackie du Plessis' button club, plus a thread winder I had ordered, showed up in the mailbox (our carrier tends to deliver packages in one sweep, then return with things that will fit in the mailbox in a second sweep).
Lovely, lovely Mother-of-Pearl--and the little bag on the lower left has tiny shoe buttons, which are simply adorable, but being the klutz that I am, I didn't want to take them out of the bag for fear that they would be lost forever--I would surely drop them.
And today is Mother's Day. I won't get to see my mother or The Big Kid or Baby Girl or The Flash today, but we are all, at this point, Covid-19 free. That's the most important thing. Who knows what the future will bring and how we'll have to deal with this continuing threat (especially as businesses begin to open), but by staying apart now, we'll have the opportunity to be together again in the future.