Ruthie bids farewell to the Bluebird as she and Joseph head into the Enchanted Forest.
The lower back panel is complete. Here are lots of details.
A big step in the process never got recorded. What eventually became flowers on the right hand side started out being the trees in the center. I thought for sure I had a photo of it before I took it all apart.
There I go thinking again.
As I start to couch the hills between the trees I realize stitching would be much easier in a frame
Many of the hillocks are in place.
Here is a glimpse of my secret weapons for stuffing my tiny figures. I snipped the top of the eye off of large, long darning needles. (Wear safety goggles!) I wrapped the pointed end in masking tape to provide a handle.
This knot garden is stitched with a foundation of silk braided lacet trim basted to a pattern on a fabric base. Those are the red stitches. I always try to use a contrasting color, so much easier, and safer, to remove at the end.
Here all of the spaces between the lacet have been filled in with buttonhole stitches.
This is how it looks removed from the base and pattern and ready to be stitched into the background of the Enchanted Forest.