Sometime back in May, I promised I would finish my sweetbag this year. Of course, I promptly forgot that promise and was off doing a zillion other projects. The end of the year is awfully close, but there is an arts competition in January that might make a good (but tight) new deadline. Right now the sweetbag is half-stitched.
I need to finish stitching it, then do all the finishing work, including pulls and cords and tassels. I don’t know if I can finish all that in less than 2 months, but at least I will have made progress.
I’d like to make the second half a bit more complicated and use plaited braid stitch for the coiled vines. I took a class back in June with Melinda Sherbring and plaited braid was one of the stitches that was covered. I thought I had it down at that time, but alas, it kept turning into a hot mess.
So back to basics. I found a Mary Corbet YouTube video online and studied that for awhile. It’s located here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GesMsKhvXo
Then I tried the stitch on plastic needlepoint canvas with a large needle and pearl cotton until it began to make sense.
As soon as I started trying it on my linen with Benton and Johnson gold thread I had problems. I went back to the video several times, and kept practicing. One of the problems I have is I tend to twist my needle which in turn twists the gold thread. I need to remember to let it untwist after every couple of stitches. Also, I have to remember not to cut my thread too long. I think I’ve got it now (at least in theory) and will try it on the sweetbag next.