In the wee hours of the morning, when the sun was just coming up and the rooster was starting to crow, I put my down my needle, pulled out my phone, and took the following pictures.
(In other words, the pictures aren’t great!)
And as I looked back over them, I realized that we could play a game – almost as good as Wordle, only backwards.
Here in the studio, we’ve made more progress on the ongoing goldwork lettering that I’ve been writing about lately.
We are, in fact, over half-way way finished! Well, with the first half of the goldwork on more than half of the letters, anyway.
That’s almost like being “practically done” – only not really.
Here are the letters that are halfway (or close to it) finished so far – that is, the smooth passing thread areas have been filled, and we’re ready to move on to chip work.
The nice thing about working letters for appliquéing onto something else is that they don’t have to be arranged in any particular order. As long as we make up the right letters required to make up the words, it doesn’t matter what order they’re worked in.
I realized I’ve never said what the words are, so here’s your chance to guess. There are ten letters altogether, and they make up two words.
There are two U’s – both of which have the passing thread areas almost finished.
This is the U that I’m currently working on.
I do tend to make a mess while I work…
There’s an M. I think this will turn out to be an interesting letter in its finished state. The M and the two A’s are probably the most complicated letters to work, as far as the passing thread goes.
Before you start stitching on something like this, you have to really think out the path of the work, how different sections of the letters will meet up, the angle of the laid threads, and so forth. The M was a bit baffling, but it worked out well!
Speaking of A’s, like I said, there are two of them. One of them is slightly larger than the other (for a specific reason, which might give you a word hint).
There’s a D.
And an O.
And what you don’t see are the other four letters that are still to be covered with passing thread:
There’s the other A (already mentioned), an E, an S, and a whopping large R, which is also going to be one of those complicated-to-figure-out-the-stitching-path sort of letters. I initially imprudently planned to put the R off to the end because I know it will be a pain, but in reconsidering, I think it will be my next letter. Better to get it out of the way!
Ok, there you have it! Those are all the letters we’ll be stitching – ten altogether, in two words. Whoever can guess the words gets to be The Winner of Guessing the Words.
Oh, and by the way, it is ecclesiastical embroidery. It’s for a Catholic church. And it just so happens that the words are in Latin.
And just to be nice, here’s another indirect hint.