The spiral design behind the crow silhouette is now under way. I’ve decided to start from the top and work down; I’m doing this a bit at a time, and this is why:
As I mentioned before, I’m transferring the design by stitching over a transfer of it ironed on the back with small running stitches. Doing a little bit like this at a time means it’s still more or less clear where I’m going, but trying to do the whole lot in one go would end up in the world’s worst game of join the dots. To save my sanity, I’ll do this a spiral at a time!
Here it is over-stitched with chain stitch in the silver thread:
The running stitch-overstitching method might be rather time-consuming, but it’s great for getting a design onto dark fabric like this, and even for a light fabric, unlike other methods of transferring a design to fabric – transfer, pencil, carbon paper, even pounce powder – if you go a little wrong or there’s a line left showing after you’ve finished your embroidery, it can be be unpicked (very carefully!) and it’s as though it never existed.