Even when I spend lots of time stitching, my needles do not smoke. I am just too careful and deliberate. I am bound to stitch slowly. This is what I stitched yesterday; a very nice start, but nowhere near half the design. I should be able to finish the other two windows tomorrow, but I will still have a lot of fiddly bits at the bottom with dozen of color changes in each row.
Rules? What rules? Well, I never stitch white threads until the end, except this white was right in the middle and was some of the only large areas of the same color in this design. I use one needle and rethread as necessary, except there are 21 different colors of thread (and nine blended colors) in this design some of them with only a stitch or two in a particular place. I loaded up four needles to start and am now using seven. I always use tapestry needles, except I couldn't find any tapestry needles in the limited selection of the only hobby store on Maui, Ben Franklin. So I bought what I thought was the closest quilting needle, #10 Betweens. They are nice and short, but they are also sharp and have a cruel, small eye. I have already shredded a few strands in that eye. Threading them is a pain and I have pricked my fingers a few times, though never drawn blood. At least the kit came with evenweave fabric. Most of the Michael Powell kits are on Aida, which I always replace.
Still, I do like stitching this design. The colors are lovely and the fabric is easy to stitch. I will probably not stitch any more today, as we are about to head out to the Maui Pineapple Festival, but I will take up needles again tomorrow and see how much I can accomplish.