Thanks heaps for all your response my Floral Glove dilemma the other day! It’s funny how stitchers more or less think alike – I went through just about every thought process presented in the comments, and I finally settled for Option #3, fixing what I could and then making alterations on the rest as I go.
Here’s the fix. It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than it was.
Though still a tad bit off on the left side, I think the area will cover up fine with the silk purl, which is stitched horizontally over the green base of the flower.
I didn’t bother picking anything out. I simply used a kind of long-and-short stitch technique there, coming up into the threads already there and splitting them, then stitching down over the new line that I had stitched in for the edge of the flower. The new outline took the left edge of the base out a little bit. And the long-and-short stitching, though noticeable up close (and even far away, because of the way the light hits the silk threads), will never be seen, once the area is covered with silk purl.
As for the center flower, I’ll tackle that when I come to it. I think the gold edging around the petals may help hide the defects there.
All in all, I’m happy enough with it to keep going. I’ll have to remember to think before I stitch, though, as I approach a few more trouble spots on the piece.
To answer some of the questions that came up about the fabric the piece is stitched on – it’s a Very Nice linen! Napery Ivory by Legacy, a dower-quality linen that is wonderful to stitch on. I’m already concocting a different project I want to do on the same linen, using the Soie de Paris and worked in whites and off-whites. Mmmmm. It’s fermenting in my brain – and hopefully, I can see it realized this summer some time! But, yes, it’s a nice linen!
Well, what do you think? Is it a good enough fix? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Update (May 23, 2010): After the publishing of this post, there was a misunderstanding about my intention in troubleshooting how to deal with the design transfer as I worked through this project. My purpose was not to damage the reputation of Thistle Threads or to proclaim dissatisfaction over this project. You may read my apology and clarification post for further information if you wish.