Time for a happy dance break: the center section is finished!
I am so glad to be done with the Celtic knots … between the fractionals and keeping track of the backstitching, the knots took a long time to complete. By comparison, the candles and greenery were a quick stitch.
Almost all the greenery is made up of blended threads. More beads, and more sparkle! Also, I chose to customize the initial and date blocks to more closely match the alphabet of the carol.
This section is pretty enough to be a finished project on its own; I’m excited to see what the rest of it will look like.
I’ll work on the holly and ivy garlands next; with more fractionals and fiddly backstitching ahead, I wonder how long it will take? To keep the whitework neat and clean, I’m saving that section for last.