The only alteration I made was stitching the gold in regular DMC 3820. The kit had satin 3820 in it, but I was not about to work with satin floss again. I briefly considered using a matching silk, but ultimately I don't think it really mattered much. It's an adorable piece, not some sort of artisan museum thing where I had to make it as swanky as possible (or I would have made the stars glass beads). Speaking of the kit: It was more than generous, I had what looked like an entire skein of some colors left over. As part of my Happy Dance Tradition, I always trash all of the regular floss from a kit (even though it is DMC), though I did save the WDW and put it in my organizer (you never know!).
So here's the whole thing!
Started 1 January 2015;
Finished 24 June 2016;
Stitched on 32 ct Gothic Belfast linen from Picture This Plus
Using DMC and Weeks Dye Works floss:
|Aries is still the cutest.|
|Initial frame: 18 February 2015|
|Capricorn: 21 Feb 2015|
|Aquarius 21 Feb 2015|
|Pisces 14 Mar 2016|
|Planets and frame symbols: 26 Mar 2016|
|Aries: 12 May 2016|
|Taurus: 15 May 2106|
|Sagittarius: 28 May 2016|
|Gemini: 16 June 2016|
|Scorpio: 18 June 2016|
|Libra: 18 June 2016|
|Virgo: 19 June 2016|
|Cancer: 24 June 2016|
|Leo: 24 June 2016|
One of the things I discovered was that if the gold circle framing was all done, it took me about 4-5 hours to stitch each sign, which is nice. It meant that when I was cruising along and SO CLOSE to being done with this piece on the plane, I knew I had about 2 hours left to stitch.
Leo was done after Cancer only because I had realized that I missed the two little stars near his right haunch there. It's funny, though, because I thought if I did a couple/few extra signs, that would just mean I'd finish this piece in October instead of December or something - I did not anticipate zooming through this like I did!
I do appreciate the ability to stitch parts in discrete pieces. I think that's part of my frustration with huge pieces sometimes - finding the times when I feel like I have accomplished something without actually having finished the whole thing.
And even more fun - I can tell you what TV show I was binging for each of the signs that I completed in 2016. It's funny how that stuff sticks with you.
Now I've moved onto Tapestry, as a StitchALong with friends, so we'll see how far I get with that one before I get bored or move on to something else.