|Trying out a simple running stitch|
|Same thread, now couching instead|
|Two couched lines with the gray|
|Both versions underway|
|Gray vs white vertical stitches|
Step 14 - try more versions of the couched lines
Step 15 - choose one
I had two visitors come over to the studio and look at the new piece, after I had ripped out the couched lines entirely. A little time had passed since I had taken out the lines and I was curious to get some fresh eyes on it. And they both agreed that the piece was missing something without those lines. So I started again, this time trying two variations with a gray horizontal line – one with white vertical stitches and one with darker gray.
One aspect of my painting days that I sorely miss, especially when I am ripping out stitches for the third and fourth time, is how I could paint over a section that isn't working. Oh those were the days! Not only is embroidery an extremely slow medium, it is uncompromising.