I haven't really been in any rush to share these photos as they're more a story of frustration and failure than anything else! =(
The meerkat bookmark was finished up as you can see here. It looks OK and the tassel worked out - eventually, but I agree with Sir when he said that something is missing. So, I plan to remove part of the backing sometime soon and add in some small 'landscape' features, such as a few tufts of grass etc. Nothing much, just something to place our cute meerkat in context.
So, I had to change directions. Thankfully, the 'Ultimate Cross Stitch - Oriental' that I'd ordered popped through the door at the right time and, in a section of small designs, I found something I could work into the card. I erased the old pencil design OK and then used some Kreinik #8 fine braid in 027 (orange) and some Needle Necessities overdyed Kreinik #8 in a variegated light blue to do the water effects.
The whole thing doesn't 'go' terribly well and the koi carp design would have been better half an inch lower down, but it can't be helped now. Anyway, it was done in time and that's more or less the only good thing I can say about it. Oh well, it happens...
It's my tenth blogoversary tomorrow and I'm just about to start work on a series of posts going over Sew in Love's 10 year history with highlights from each year. Hope everyone'll enjoy that. =)
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015