This could almost have been a finish, had I realized I would need rattail or the equivalent for the binding. Maybe Friday.
Stupendous Stitching is absolutely addicting and as a bonus, quite quick (though part of that is probably due to the size of the piece). I love how the piece changes at each stage of the process. I started with simple couching:
Adding decorative stitching and hand embroidery completely transformed it. I wish I had taken a picture before added the hand stitching, but I was too excited by the process to think of photography. I absolutely loved the embroidery! Who knew?
Finally I added stitching between the rows of decorative stitching. I chose to use brighter threads. I wanted to brighten up some areas of the quilt and make some of the decorative stitching more visible, so I used a bright yellow and a bright turquoise thread (after trying a gorgeous green that largely blended in, unfortunately). I want to try a piece with stitching that blends into background so that it only adds texture and see what I think of that. I wonder if I would have liked that effect better.
Some years ago when I was traveling regularly to Thailand, I picked up a bunch of all-cotton threads that I intended to use for quilting. They were a disaster. They were too thick and extremely linty, so I hid them in the back of a cupboard thinking I could use them for repairs or sewing on buttons or something. They turned out to be perfect for the hand embroidery. In some cases, I took two different color threads and double-threaded the needle, giving a little bit of variation to the stitches. Now I wish I had more of that thread!
My favorite hand stitching, though, was the where I used a slightly thicker variegated quilting thread that I picked in Japan. I don’t see a weight on the bobbin, but I am guessing it might be 30 or 40 wt? I love the impact of the variegation in this design.
Right now, my piece is trimmed and the edges are stabilized. I just need to get some rattail or similar cording for the edges. And while I am at it, I think I will pick up a bunch of couching material, and some new threads. I see more stupendous stitching in my future.