I've really enjoyed stitching these pieces. Somehow picking up a ready made background and letting it tell me 'machine or hand stitch' 'fine or thick thread' and then allowing the marks in the fabric dictate where the stitch goes has been a joy. It's far more relaxing than my usual watching as the calendar ticks by and knowing that lack of time will mean compromise! When I took these photos I was playing around with the idea of using the shells beads because I love repetition but I'm still wondering whether they are a bit twee and what else I could use - if anything. Less is more?
With or without?