The Secret Garden Hummingbirds – my current follow-along embroidery project on Needle ‘n Thread – reached a milestone the other day. A halfway point of sorts!
I love Halfway Points of Sorts. Though not officially The Halfway Point (as there are no embroidered birds in the picture yet), half the flowers are finished.
It’s always nice to step through a mini goal and start moving towards the next one, isn’t it?
You can click on that photo above, for a slightly larger version.
So, there’s the fourth flower, finished.
If you’re familiar with the design, which can be found in Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford, this particular purple flower in the foreground is the smallest flower at the very top of the design.
Here’s almost a full upside-down view at this point.
When working at the top of the design, I turn the work upside down in the frame, so that the area I’m working on is closer to me and I don’t have to reach over the rest of the work.
Not only is it more comfortable this way, but it also helps save the surface of the work – I’m not resting my hands on it or rubbing against it in any way.
When I do work, I have a piece of tissue paper over the areas where I might rest my hands. This also helps keep the surface of the work clean.
One thing I really love about reaching this Halfway Point of Sorts is the way the finished parts of the embroidery form the setting for the hummingbird. The bird is carved out there in the voided space, just waiting to become the star of the show.
And no, I still haven’t fixed the yellow pistol stitch area on the larger coral & red flower we chatted about earlier. Just in case you were wondering…
So, that’s this week’s progress report on the Secret Garden Hummingbirds! My next mini goal: two flowers on the other half. The next? The last two flowers… and then, onto the birds!
Sharing Photos of the Secret Garden Embroidery Project
This weekend, I’ll be setting up a photo area where we can all share photos of progress on this project.
I’ll be using my Needle ‘n Thread account on Flickr, since I’m already over there. I’ll set up a specific group just for this project, and once it’s there and ready to accept members, I’ll let you know.
If you’re stitching along with the project and you aren’t using Flickr but you’d like to share photos, you might set up a Flickr account. It’s free, and it’s easy to use.
If you’d like to follow along with the Secret Garden Hummingbirds project, you can find all the articles relating to this project arranged in chronological order in the Secret Garden Project Index.