I also let myself experiment a little with these and tried a few new filling techniques like this one.
I could only do this because I was using a woven fabric like linen so I was able to count my teeny tiny fibers and keep everything uniform. I really love the subtle look of this but wow - I think my eyeballs almost popped out of my head working on this. This technique is NOT for anyone who doesn't like to squint or who doesn't have a good work lamp.
I also finally broke out my Weeks Dyeworks floss for this project. It's been sitting patiently in my flossbox for months just waiting for me to pick the right project. I used their "bark" colored floss for the outlines and loved it! The color is gorgeous on natural linen - just the right shade of chocolatey charcoal - sounds delicious doesn't it?
I let myself play a little bit with this stack of books too and did some different fill stitches as I went along.
And then came the braided rug. I tricked you when I hinted at this in my earlier post - don't be mad, please. This is about as big a rug as I would ever attempt.
And finally there is the happy little library. I usually just hoop up my examples but this time I wanted to actually make something with one of them so I made a library book totebag. The bad thing is that as soon as I was done snapping my photos it was quickly snatched up by little Adam who had fallen in love with it. Now it's probably filled with hot wheels cars, stuffed animals and crayons and I will never see it again. *sigh*