Of course I could have kept it really, really small and simple I guess. Well in a way it is. There are no tricky stitches and everything is big and bold. If I was to count the individual stitches there are actually not that many. It was the colours that caused me more trouble than usual. It is kind of puzzling, because teals and blues are among my favourite colours but for some reason they proved rather tricky to work with and get right for this project. As so often when I design, I find there is no way of really knowing if something will work or not until the stitches are in. I had a rough colour sketch but no matter how or what I use for colouring in, it always look so different once done in thread.
I can't help but thinking if working to such a tight deadline somehow made it harder for me to get it right, but this project certainly gave me some grief. That large daisy for instance was stitched three times before I was finally happy combination of colours and stitches - not something I really had time for. And the dots - all gone now. I usually like dots, but after having scattered them all over I stood back and took a second look and they just didn't work...
Is it going to be finished in time? Yes, just one more little flower to go and overall it has worked out pretty much how I envisaged. Do I regret having to unpick? No, as always, seeing the finished embroidery makes it all worth it - it might just be a while before I throw myself into a super short, shorter than normal, deadline.
Now back to those last few petals.