Trying to do hundreds of French knots with rayon thread drove me crazy and I quit.. I tried everyone's suggestions such as changing which end I knotted, wrapping the thread a different way around the needles, pressing the thread....and it was always a tangled mess... Rather than pull out all the Edmar thread, I just filled it in with knots of both silk and cotton threads and I'm happy with it.
So I filled out the tree and added more knots around the image...again cotton and silk threads. I took the "silk" snow off the mountain and after trying silk thread, perle thread, Glossilla rayon, and cotton thread, I am using a Krenik metallic and sticking with it...no more changes.
But from the very beginning of this challenge project there was one thing I was really looking forward to and that was the TAILS.... I can see that I will finally get there now.. In 2010 I did this fan and bead combination in anticipation of beading the tails. I had hoped to use the fan somewhere on the block...if not the block, on the border. In fact I did have it on there once and took it off. I love the little dyed shell beads
But if I hadn't already changed everything possible on this block, I took aim at the peacocks themselves today.. and guess what? Into the computer for a critical look and major changes ahead for them..
Right off they are too large to be in proportion for the lavish tail I had in mind. Since I did them on felt, taking them off and doing a little size reduction will be no problem... I would have taken them off anyway because I want to change their placement. One on the right will be not only smaller but also 1/2" higher. The walking peacock will be also smaller and nearer the pond.
So the two sketches show how much better balanced the block will be with modified, altered and rearranged peacocks. I can't remember ever having a block the has taken so long and gone through so many changes... By rights there was so much to be changed I should have just scrapped this project altogether... BUT by golly I wanted to do those darn tails............................One tail (or maybe both are going right off the block...)