Remember the witch's hat I pieced recently?
I've had a chance to do some work on it lately, and the first thing I wanted to add
was a spider web and spider. So I "built" the vining rose branches (done in DMC Variations size 5 color #4050), and added some cast-on stitch roses (done in size 5 DMC Variations color #4200). Then I stitched the web (size 12 perle cotton) and added the golden spider. Her body is two beads, legs are DMC size 8 perle cotton.
Then I did this seam, which began as a large herringbone stitch in gold size 8 perle cotton. I added the stacked fly stitch leaves (DMC Variations #4030) and then the "grapes" (DMC Variations #4240) and the wheat ears (#4126). Does it sound like I like the Variations threads? Well, I do! I love the subtle and not so subtle color changes, and the fact that they change quickly within an 18" strand. I wish they were available in size 8 perle cotton, but I find the size 5 to work well for some things.