I am not even sure when I started on this pattern but it surely is months ago and now I think I'm nearly finished.. The over all design hasn't changed that much from when I started. But I think the little changes I did make are so important. Stitching my patterns is an important step in the process, it allows me to refine them and finding out what works and what doesn't. What didn't work out quite as I imagined beforehand was the fur stitching on the Big Bear (I call him Bruun). I spent hours and hours on it but decided to start over and only used fur accents on my new version. It is never my intention to stitch very 'real' looking animals so I'm very happy with just these 'hints' of fur.
|Detail of bear paw hints of fur|
Have you noticed that I used quite a lot of Bullion knots in this embroidery? I can do them quite quickly now and while some look better than others I'm glad I added this stitch to my 'stitch repetoire'. Which brings me on this weeks 'Embroidery Stitch Challenge'. Last weeks Cable Chain Stitch was a disaster so I'm trying quite a different chain stitch this week: the Rosette Chain Stitch!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'm going to try and make a new header for this blog now. The black header suddenly is depressing me!