But I'll spare you. I'm finished with my practice run of the crown!
It turned out better than expected, though as you can see, there's fuzz from the interfacing. I'm going to have to figure something out with that. I don't want to draw the design directly on the fabric, but I can't have that fuzz...especially since I intend to have this either on a black or red background.
In the end, I didn't find an acceptable way to do the monogram, so I either need to find another, plainer font, or something not as thin. Trying to make tiny horizontal stitches is difficult. I had a more successful time with all those tight curves in the crown. I developed a method for it.
First, I mark off the starting point and some guidelines so I can see where the stitches need to "flow" so to speak.
Then I start filling in the gaps. For tight turns, I go into the same hole on the inner curve side but continue as normal on the outter side.
Depending on the tightness, I may go in the same hole one or two times, but no more than three, otherwise it starts becoming bulky. Not sure if that's the correct way, but it turned out all right.
I'll tackle the final draft later with lettering and all, but now my sights are set on gloves. I got the Butterick glove pattern (because I'm too lazy to make my own, so it's worth the 99 cents) and the pattern's cut out and ready to go. I may work on that this weekend, but I really should get the rest of the Project Runway stuff done. Still haven't done the final steps in a couple of things. So I'll focus on that before I immerse myself into handsewing these gloves.
How very fitting I'm doing all this hand sewing when I'm teaching a mini lecture on that very subject on Monday for sewing class. I'm the unofficial hand sewing expert (yeah right). Turns out that blind hemming and slip stitching have more variations than I thought...and I've been doing one of them "wrong" from the beginning. Well, my logic is the same way with the above curve thing: I do something by trial and error, and it works, so I don't bother going the pro's way.
It's almost 2:30. Let me get to bed.