Finished it in a weekend basically! And so much fun to stitch! I love having just an open painted space to put in a composite stitch.
I did not end up using the Velvet that I purchased. Instead, I just used two green fibers, the Silk Lame Braid and the Silk & Ivory, for this twisted background. I originally intended (and tried) to bead the letters but just could not get it to look right. So I ended up using the red Neon Rays and cross stitching the letters. And then I added the Van Dyke border...love the way it just made the piece POP!
Here is the diagrammed stitch that I used in case you'd like to try it for a large background:
It was really nice to work with two threads on this one that I did not have to lay. I love how cute this little piece turned out! Might have to buy a few more and stitch them for gifts - which tells you something about my friends/family....LOL Would be fun to try a number of different background stitches and then pick my favorite to keep and/or give to my sweet daughter. I've really enjoyed stitching these Point Of It All Designs pieces...but I'm not used to 13-mesh. It's a nice departure for a couple but my favorite is 18-mesh. Stitching on 13 and then switching over to 18 makes it look SUPER TINY though. I have to take a break between or it really messes with my head. I'm moving on to now to try to finish up some canvases that I've started, and some almost completed, so I can reduce my stash and have a sense of accomplishment before I start something new.