I've been traveling, away from wifi, not keeping up with TAST but still stitching.
I've worked on two more blocks for my "Family" project. Eventually, the four blocks will be connected with a dark sashing. I'm hoping to finish by June 13, so if I can get most of the embellishing done before I leave Arizona at the end of the month, I'll be in good shape.
I used the barred chain stitch on the oval surrounding my mom's picture. . . then didn't like it. So I tried adding to it with detached chains and straight stitches. I'm still not too happy with it. My plan is to have a 7mm silk ribbon bow with long trailers couched down at the opening in the oval and then trailing down to the lower patches.
I've used another motif inspired by Brian Haggard' book Crazy Quilted Memories. (C&T Publishing). When I've joined all the blocks, I'll add three mother-of-pearl heart-shaped buttons in that motif. Next to the watch will be five or six tiny bone buttons. Don't know what will go in those upper patches yet!
This is the third block for the "Family" project. Again, motifs inspired by Haggard to which I'll add beads or buttons later.
I'm having some minor foot surgery tomorrow, so depending on how it goes, I'll either be stitching a lot as I recuperate, or missing in action as I sleep off the pain medication!
No attempts at satin stitch this week, but I really like the examples posted by the others!