First let me thank all the wonderful commenters. I'm glad you can appreciate this design, because it sure feels like a PhD in linen stitching to me! Yes, I have finished one of the four motifs in Part Two, on the right side. I started stitching some of the black borders when I simply couldn't face another Rhodes stitch or Jessica. I then decided to go ahead and try the long stitching over the pineapple. Even with the pattern enlarged to 400%, there seems to be stitches everywhere. But the gold metallic over the pineapple body is actually a pretty easy pattern and went very quickly. The black silk over the silk perle crown, not so much. The diagram is hard to read and putting the black silk in between all the thick silk perle can be painful. But now that I know I can finish this up and move to Part Three, I am certainly motivated.
Although those black borders are in Part Two, I will probably only do the stitching near the pineapple crowns. I don't want to stitch hundreds of black crosses into the distance and find out I am off by one stitch. It makes more sense to stitch the corners with Part Three that sits under that border. I have everything in Motif Two, bottom, finished except the crown and partial border, but I will need to move the Q-snaps to get to that part of the fabric. First I am working on getting Motif Three, left side, done. I started the silk perle crown last night, but gave up after a few stitches. It's hard enough to do this thick perle over two, but over one is almost insane. But I did finish Motif One, so I know that this is not impossible. Once Motif Three is finished, I will rotate the Q-Snaps and finish Motifs Two and Four. I didn't finish this completely this week, but when they are all done, I can start on the volcanoes in the corners.
I didn't get out my sewing machine this week, but I did do some hand sewing and mending. In fact, I washed boatloads of laundry, reorganized my closet to put my summer clothes up front, and took two bags of barely worn (and now too big) clothes to the donation box for Safe Nest. I always have huge plans when my husband is gone for a few days, but rarely accomplish them all. I picked him up at the airport this morning and he is crashed out for a few hours. He doesn't mind flying a red eye flight from Maui, but it always makes me groggy for a couple of days. Both our mothers got our Mother's Day flowers, so all is right in the world. I hope everyone has a productive week. I know I will.