Tonight, I put in three (or more, here and there) rows of tent stitches all the way around the outside using four strands of DMC 414. I did not use the same fibers as I did in the piece. Sometimes, I do, sometimes I don't! I did this in a dark gray all the way around to follow the flow of a chickadee's feathers, as he then goes to black all over the back. I will using a black satin for his back. I will work on the finishing this weekend.
Cyn asked what is next? I have the Bluebird to do, but am still deciding on threads, so check back tomorrow to see what I will do in the meantime!
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