Background Sampler 8/2
I am still making progress on my Background Sampler. These areas are like chocolates, you finish one and you have to start another 🙂 Below are Areas 8 thru 12
Area 8 is a backstitch off set each row. I started with my darker overdye, four ply in the lower right. I thought it was too dark so I switched to only 3 ply. You can see where the color lightens. At the halfway point I switched to 4 ply of my lighter overdye and then to only 3 ply. That difference is hardly noticible. I made the changes just to observe the differences.
Area 9 is a T-stitch. The instructions called for my #5 pearl and I used it for the top half. Again to see the difference I changed to the same color of #8 pearl.
Area 10 is a laid filling. Floss laid horizontal and verticle. #8 pearl used to couch the floss at the intersections. The filling cross is a metallic. Towards the bottom I changed the filling to a smyrna.
Area 11 is a darning pattern done with my light overdye. It is an over one, under one, over three under one. I was reminded that when ending and beginning threads, within a darning pattern, you must keep the pull going forward in order to avoid a hole showing where one ends and the next begins.
Area 12 I call this pattern my bubbles. The octogon is done in metallic and the fill in #5 pearl. There are two areas of fill. The obvious horozontal and vertical and the smaller cross stitch in the small diamond areas created by the octogons.