There are 2 details on this picture that I want to talk about. The first one is the metallic trellis, stitched over the foliage. The shape of these is very pleasing, and it stitches up so nice and quick! There are four of them along each edge; it is too bad the foliage takes so long to stitch.
The second detail is the Rhodes stitch in the border; there is back-stitching around each one. The fiber used for this is petite pearl, in silk. I can get 7 Rhodes from each strand; there are 50, so you can see that I needed 3 (!) skeins. The silk is lovely to stitch with. It tends to knot because of the twist in the thread, but not tightly. It is very smooth and "silky." This actually goes quite quickly as well, and the color adds a golden glow to the whole piece.
DAMN, DRAT, AND PHLOOEY
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