Yesterday, I washed the fabric and pressed it afterwards. I used a portable steamer as it was drying to smooth out the creases and wrinkles. I wasn’t able to get the creases from when I opened the package out completely, but they’re pretty faint and almost unnoticeable.
As mentioned in my last post, here is a close-up of some of the crazy details in the pattern. I love the green backstitches for the flower stems. The French knots and lazy daisies were fun to make once I got a hang of them though they hurt my fingers a bit. The white French knots are a lovely detail in my opinion.
I missed some backstitches for my last post and wondered why the upper part of the kimono looked a little bare. Turns out the gold metallic was for A LOT of details and I missed the vertical brown backstitch next to the blue French knots (as shown above).
When I began working with the gold metallic (Glisten Gloss?) thread, I was reminded of how much I hated working with it when first starting out with the Past, Present, Forever pattern. I would have to hold the threads taut in the back while pulling the needle through the front and vice versa to prevent the threads from twisting up and creating knots.
The bullion knots were a nightmare! They consisted of two white threads and two gold metallic threads. I can’t count how many times the threads came out of the needle and how many times the threads got knotted. I think the finished knots look a little messy but I felt a huge wave of accomplishment after that part was complete :D.