Work continues on the sweetbag. It’s slow going but bit by bit things are filling in.
One thing that I will remember next time: It’s a lot easier to do the outlining in black thread if the design on the linen is in a different color. So better to use a sepia colored pen or a grey pen or something. Stitching black on a black line is just confusing.
I also put the first little bit of plaited braid on the sweetbag, and it might have been easier to do that before the outline. The plaited braid was a little nerve wracking and following the curve is a little awkward. Hopefully I’ll get better with more practice.
People sometimes ask me why I’m all over the map on the stitching. The answer is, I get bored if I do all the outlining first and wait until the very end to do all the background stitching. So, I tend to alternate between black, color threads and metal threads. It might not be the best method, but it keeps me from getting bored.
Here’s the sweetbag to date and the first bit of plaited braid.