So I made an interesting discovery as I was finishing Elise (another free pattern from gracefearon.com). I started with my leftover ecru thread, hoping I would have enough. It looked like maybe enough, but I didn’t measure or anything. Anyway, I got through most of it, but ran out with two rounds to go! So I looked at the rest of my leftover thread and picked the one that looked closest, natural, and did the last two rounds with that. Guess what? They are the same color! Ecru and natural are the same color. Maybe ecru has been renamed? I found natural in a store and bought ecru from Amazon, so maybe that was old stock? Or vice versa? Whatever, I now realize that I am working with five colors of thread, not six. I looked at the doilies that I’ve made so far, and there are slight variations in color, possibly from dye lot or possibly from the amount of mod podge in each that I am using for stiffening. Anyway, that’s my new reality.
At this point I have made one copy of the larger size doilies that I wanted to make from the patterns I own and the free ones from the website. That is definitely not to say I’ve made all the patterns that I like…there are many many more that I love, but for right now I am placing some limits on myself. My next step in the project is to touch up the paint inside the mantle space, and then hang the doilies I have so far. The final step will be to fill in any blanks with smaller doilies, or partial patterns, until I am happy with the overall arrangement. I can’t wait to see it, and honestly I’m glad I’m getting closer to the finish, because my hands and wrists are getting sore from so much threadwork. I will need to switch to something else, maybe quilting?