OK, so maybe I needed more than a day off from blogging! ;0)
I read over the lesson for Personal Library of Stitches Week 5 and started playing around with ideas for a "sampler." I wanted to use the cable chain stitch because I just plain love that stitch. I also like the variations that SharonB came up with in her lesson. She wanted us to explore the stitches and find different ways of varying them. So... since it is Christmas and you can never have too many Christmas ornaments, this is what I came up with.
This is a variation on slipped cable chain stitch worked in #3 perle cotton on wool felt. I drew out the ornament shape (it's about 6" across) on graph paper, transferred it to cardboard, got a sore hand from cutting it out of the cardboard and then traced around it on the wool felt. Across the top of the ornament I have started another variation of slipped cable chain stitch using Kreinik silver metallic braid.
Here's a closeup of the stitch... click on either picture to embiggen.
There are so many possiblities with this stitch... yum!!
I'm going to continue on this ornament and some others I have drawn and see where I end up. Should be fun!