Browsing around the wonderful internet full of free tutorials and advice, I stumbled across a video tutorial for the Ladder Stitch. Ah, the Ladder Stitch- how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
Check out the bottom of Christmas Tree Cat:
No visible stitches! Such bliss! There's a link to the Ladder Stitch tutorial in the right column of this blog under "Recommended Tutorials". I've used this stitch successfully quite a few times. We won't talk about the last time I tried to use it; the fabric just would not cooperate.
Ah, well, you can't win 'em all!
It's a bit large, about the size of my hand, which is not so desirable due to our traveling lifestyle. However, DH seemed to like it; I think he just doesn't know what to do with it!
I measured incorrectly on the left side, so I added the small blue beads to cover the gaping space of my ineptitude.
An attempt was made to finish There are Fairies... scissor fob, but I got a bit too up close & personal with the scissors, cutting so close to the stitching that it's impossible to finish.
Fortunately, it is small, so it will be an easy restitch.
And all was not lost: I did learn how to make a cord by hand- with my mom as my helper- and also a tassel. Both of these can be used in the new fob.
Eventually, I will stitch the There are Fairies... pin cushion to complete the set. The patterns include one for a box top, which would be great to store my set in but would be terrible for travelling, so I won't be making that one soon, but you never know- perhaps in the future.
Out of curiosity, I googled Splendid Fairy Wrens to see what they really look like. All I can say is WOW! What colors!
Best Stitches & Wishes,