When background was completely stitched, I beaded strings of awesome size 11 beads to place on the swirls. I wanted a more monochromatic look in the green colors that I like instead of that Kelly green that was painted. I used the backlight to see where to place them and couch them in place. Proved to be a little more of a challenge than I originally planned because I did a heavier, more complete stitch than originally planned.
I'm not completely crazy about my overlap and wobbly lines at the bottom - looks like I was tipsy when I stitched it. I think I will redo just that part. Which means I will probably have to redo the entire swirl - hmmmm....maybe I don't hate it that bad? Wondering how it will look once it's rolled up into cone tree? Well, I guess I will need to figure it out so I can fix before removing stretcher bars if necessary. This project was a random departure from usual stitching. I like it okay...for small areas. It definitely gave practice in stringing and couching and swirling. Not sure I'd ever do it again in a big area. And the backlight process would have worked better if I hadn't stitched so densely which I hadn't anticipated.
This is another of my tips on using a common item in an unconventional way. This little light box is sold with the children's art items in craft stores/big box stores. I previously used it mainly for scrapbooking and tracing but it's awesome for needlepoint....random, but awesome!
My plan is to trace some more cones in various sizes and create a cone forest display. Another way to use stash threads and just have fun with crazy stitches/sequences that you might not normally use if you don't have a big, open area to stitch it in. I really want to do this when I can figure out exactly how to design the cone shapes without an engineer handy. LOL I want tall skinny trees, not short fat ones, so that also affects the cone design. Perhaps I will publish a pattern when I do get it all figured out in case there are others of you out there that would like to give it a try!
Stitch your stash!