Finished up band 13 – the first of three Montenegrin bands - last night. The rows that go straight across at the top and bottom felt like they took approximately forever, but this band stitched up faster than any of the others. Maybe that's because even though it's slow, Montenegrin is faster than double-running stitch with satin filling? Must be.
But that’s not to say it was fast compared to regular cross stitch! Each of those blue or pinkish flowers took about half an hour. No matter which order I stitched the bits in, it didn’t make any real difference in how long those posies took. And no, I generally don’t time my stitching, it’s just that I noticed that after stitching for an hour, I’d only finished two of them so after that I paid attention.
I’d been worried about stitching these bottom bands since I haven’t found anyone posting about actually *finishing* Jane Turner (well, except for one person, but she was posting on the Scarlet Letter Years Gallery blog and her Jane was hung with several Scarlet Letter samplers so was mentioned only for identification). Nobody to hold my hand, so to speak – ack! What if I’m not doing the small Montenegrin sections the right way? Should I go back and forth? Stitch all the bits in one direction? What about that that single stitch all by itself in the center of each flower, how am I supposed to do that when a full Montenegrin stitch covers two "squares"?
But I had to dive in or never finish, and now I see there was really nothing to be worried about. What a dork.
Still, I’d like to see somebody else’s finish of Jane.
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