I’m almost finished September, in fact I think I’m quite likely to finish it by the end of next week because I hvae full days at work every day, so I thought I’d best spend the weekend drafting October, just in case. I laid them all out on the bed this morning to decide which colour to use next and realised several important points.
1) This thing is going to end up being effing HUGE.
2) I’ve cocked up whichever way I arrange it. If I go 3×4 I have two sage green bits next to each other, but if I go 4×3 the blue and orange circles will go stripey. So I’ve decided that two sage green next to each other is the lesser of two evils, specially since the white filler panels will obviate that quite a bit I think. That big bit of folded white tweed to the side is earmarked for the filler panels and I think it will work very well. I haven’t decided exactly which filler panel I’m going to go with yet, but rest assured – if you think I’ve bitched about the filler on the antependium, I will bitch more about these because there will be more of them.
3) there is a slight size variation between panels. It’s nothing so drastic I can’t alleviate it by deft manipulation of filler panels and some braid (Am going to bore myself silly by doing some lengths of unpatterned 8 card tablet weave to cover all the joins between the panels. I must be a masochist), so am not too worried. It could be partly due to variance between the different wools used as ground, but it could also be due to me not using the same circular template each time because my memory is appaling. Therfore I’ve decided that when I start the female labours of the months I will sit down and cut 12 panels, marking each one with the basic circle to keep them as consistent as possible.
I’m not going to use that very bright red for December, btw, it was just handy, I’m going to use the same red as June.
I’m also not doing the female labours straight after this, I’m doing a smaller zodiac piece inbetween the two – so thats my handbag embroidery all planned for at least the next seven years.