I should interrupt myself here and explain that there was one really exciting thing that happened - I was able slip in gold leaf class from Midori in Houston a few weeks back. It was terrific and I highly recommend it to anyone as a way to spruce up your non phase JE pieces. Here is a picture of my piece as of this morning.
There about 5 - 10 more small cherry blossoms plus the stems and leaves to be done. Then, I'll send it off to be finished as a real fan. My plan is to display it in a clasped shadow box that may be opened.
So - Ume! Can't wait to get back to her in a week or so once the fan stitching is complete. My fingers are just itching to begin on the long and short blossoms and warbler.
How is your challenge piece going? This group has been quiet for a while so I'd love to hear what everyone is up to