Oh my. I can't tell you how it pained me to not be able to have a box for all of your friends and relatives experiencing difficult times. I'm keeping the entries, just in case. Seriously. Through comments and also quite a few emails, I was asked to consider Patti and her mom (recently lost father and husband). She must be a special person to have so many stitchers wanting this for her. Patti's blog Winding Vine Wanderings is a delight and her faith is strong. That faith worked for her (and her fans) because believe it or not, the number next to her name came up as the winner on Random. So I hope this lovely lady and her mom enjoy their retreat and their boxes. I want to thank everyone for the emails asking me to not stop the boxes, for entering this giveaway, and for all the kind comments.
On to stitching.
My first blanket stitch edge. I watched several online videos for instructions on starting and ending this stitch, but none of them talked about threads. I didn't know if floss, perle, wool, or what would be appropriate. I went with DMC 3 strands.
The applique I see on sites is usually done with a contrasting thread, but with the dark brown backing and linen I wasn't sure if I would like that option. How could I tell? I didn't want to pull the thick threads out of the high count linen and leave a little hole so I had to know before I started. Enter...Paint program!
It didn't look bad at all with the lighter thread, but I chose the dark green from the border because it outlined the pouch better. Either would have worked and as usual, I'm questioning my decision. Nah, it's good. Good enough. Good to go. Good as gold. As good as it could.
Snow snow snow here. But this weekend and next week's beginning will be 50's, even 60! Mark's finger will be well enough to golf and isn't causing him too much pain.
Enjoy your weekend!.
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