Oh, Fred, Fred, Fred...
May I never leave all the back stitching until the end ever again!!!
Fred's bottom bookshelf got some love yesterday because I had the day off and 16 inches of snow outside! I have fifteen books to finish and knocked off almost seven yesterday - I have to go back and put some page details with one strand of black on that sideways book and a few strands of metallic on the small blue book.
He looked like this:
And now like this:
The book titles are hard to see in the pic; they are 'Garbage Can Cats', 'Catalog of Hairballs', 'Holy Cats', 'Three Wined Mice', 'A Tale of Two Kitties' and '5 Fish Ponds' (Not sure if that is supposed to be the title or sort of like #5 in a series of travel books?). Eight books, the Owl, his back half, and his whiskers to go.
I have discovered, though, that I have some re-stitching to do - I found a tutorial last year that was supposed to make prettier stitches and be easier - a way to anchor extremely long back stitches like Dimensions kits often have, instead of piercing the Aida fabric - it worked beautifully at the time but in the months since I worked on him the floss has relaxed and separated and looks terrible! So I have to redo that leaning brown book 'Bye Bye Birdie' next to his head and paw. If you look close, you can see where it sagged and looks really bad. But it shouldn't take too long to fix. Guess sometimes the old ways really are the best :D
Today at work it was really quiet (see afore-mentioned 16 inches of snow) so guess what I did?
Yep, finished it off!
SO. MUCH. BACK. STITCHING. There is tons of it in that wreath, and half you can't even see! But it's pretty and it's finished - #29 of 30! Only the 'Noel' stocking to go!