I spent my weekend on Chinese Garden Mandala, and here's a breakdown of what I did:
1. The ming vase (I think those are plum trees with fruit?), bamboo, and flower bush for Part 10. Since I had the opposite side available on the scroll frame, I also stitched (but didn't take a picture) of the bamboo and flower bush. I studied the charts for Parts 9 and 10 really carefully to make sure these were charted the same. They were indeed, and since I'm a lazy scroller, I decided it's in my best interest to work on them in tandem. ;)
2. I found out a while ago (while backstitching the goldfish) that the Edmar Rayon can be broken down into 4 individual plies. That soooo explained the thickness of the red rayon above the doorway and the black in the doorway. So, I frogged and redid both sections at half the previous thickness and I LOVE how it looks now. :D
|Before: The rayon around and in doorway was a protruding mess|
and the algerian eyelet on the most right looked awful. YECH!!!
|After: The doorway actually looks like it's leading inside!! :D|
The algerian, while still not perfect, definitely looks better, don't you think?
3. What are those little blue dots, you ask? My pitiful start on the next phoenix at 11pm last night. LOL!!
As if going through IHSW pictures isn't exciting enough, it's also a new moon today, which means it's time for January's TUSAL post! I've decided to take my ORT jar amongst my plans and flowers this year. Here it is, nestled in my begonia plant. All the silks are nicely fluffed up too. I can't believe that's all from stitching Butterfly Lace and Chinese Garden this month.