Dawn got her jewelry tonight! This is one of my favorite parts of the Passione Ricamo designs - Laura loves to put jewelry on the fairies! This one is amazing - some areas are all beads or are all Petite Treasure Braids (plain and blended with DMC). I am lucky that I actually have never found working with metallics to be difficult. I do see a lot of people complaining about them, though. I think the key is to keep your lengths relatively short and use a Q-Snap - you just cannot get good tension with metallic braid if you stitch in hand, especially in large areas. I have tried both ways many times, and the Q-Snap is the clear and outright winner - no bumps or bobbles like I saw on one of the fairy spirits a few months back - the stitcher stitches in hand and her stitches do not lay flat and nice. Some may disagree, but if you look at both, it is hard to dispute this.
Yay, a three day weekend for me! Good planning, as we will get a forecasted 6" or so of snow during the day tomorrow. It was 76F when I was driving home from work yesterday. I hope this is the end of the snow for the season, but in New England, you cannot be sure in mid-March! I hope to get a FAQ on how the Neighborhood RR works out to my groups while I have this time off - I do I hope I can get that done!
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace