While the needlebook is getting the bulk of my stitching time at the moment, the black dog hasn’t been entirely neglected. I’ve finished the satin stitch padding, and begun stem stitching my way around both the outline of the dog and the outline of the knotwork.
While the outline of the dog and the outline of the knotwork are done in stem stitch, the black is one strand and the gold is three strands. After the knotwork outline is done, I’m going to fill it in with a variegated blue in split stitch. I’ve done knotwork before, but mostly using satin stitch, and I’m excited to see how this will turn out. My thought is that it will have a more ribbon-y feel when the stitching follows the knotwork lengthwise rather than across, but we shall see.
And if two projects weren’t enough, I’m playing with a third:
These little mice (for yet another box lid) are an experiment in texture.
Their paws are bullion knots, their tails will be satin stitch meant to echo the bullion knots, their faces will be split stitch, and I’m going to see how Turkey work looks on their bodies. (If it looks terrible, then I’ll figure out a plan B. Possibly more split stitch.)