Saturday I'll have dinner with the friend this was made for, so my attentions this week are dedicated to pulling it together in order to surprise her with it. The pattern is by Maggie Walker and I used this as a major effort toward developing fmq. Moreso than the music and a beer, it was the hold with one hand drive with the other that Melody Johnson at Fibermania instructed (blog can be found in sidebar) that really helped me jump a hurdle! I was really pleased with my scales for the fish :) I discovered that red thread on orange works well and deep purple thread on black and brown I like. Madeira metallic thread handled beautifully and never broke once with using 2 programmed stitches at high speed. Nothing but Bottom Line thread always!!!!!!!!!! After it is blocked, I'll sqauare it up tomorrow and add some sparse beading, a little colour on the white birdss, a dark blue binding, sleeve and label. The rest of the day I'll do the Blue Apple in a gray scale and try thread drawing the Willie Cole sketch (see a few entries down).
I'm back to making myself stick to a schedule and hopefully I'll get a original design going soon. Most of the time one can't wait for a muse, but needs to know how to summon one...afterall, I'm the boss of me!