I'm definitely developing a love/hate relationship with the Celtic Hearts Blanket. Remember how I ran out of several of the threads, and ordered more just to finish the project and to make some additions? Well, look at the above photo. The Colourstreams Exotic Lights that I ordered is substantially different from what came in the kit over four years ago. The new threads, on the right, are very much less shiny than the original. Which means I can't just substitute the new threads in the embroidery.
This is a shot of the buds made with the original Exotic Lights, with the needle pointing to one made of the new threads. Completely different! The original Exotic Lights is bright and shiny, the new version is dull and flat looking. See the empty green stems? They need buds, and I'm completely out of the original threads. I need about seven or eight buds to finish the design.
As it turns out, I made two sets of the spider web roses using the original Exotic Lights. There are four sets on the blanket so I decided to try the roses using the new threads. This photo is of the original roses.
It's acceptable. Not great, but acceptable. Which means I can carefully cut out the roses with the original threads and use them for the rest of the buds. Out of each rose that I cut out, I can get three or four buds from the strand of thread. With the buds are completed, and I'm adding the leaves with silk ribbon.This leaves me with a dilemma. I purchased the extra Exotic Lights with the intent of adding a single heart to each corner. The hearts would be embroidered in a chain stitch using the DMC Wool, then adding the double Pekinese interlacing with the Exotic Lights. But with this newer, non shiny threads, the hearts would look substantially different than the center embroidery. And I know I won't like it. Maybe I'll add a set of spider roses to each corner, with some green stems, buds and leaves. I'll have enough of the original Exotic Lights for at least two buds in each corner. I'll have to think on it for a bit, and please, any suggestions you may have will be welcome!