I've now completed all the blue, red, and white shippo (well apart form a couple because I've run out of red silk, opps!). Next job - the treasures. The magic mallet needed a gold edging. I decided to use gold couching thread for this and it gives a very different effect to the gold. I've decided I quite like this, it's a much more subtle effect than red couching thread.
The magic cloak needed it's top edge finishing in #3 gold. You can just see the gold under the tracing paper. It then needed some decoration around the top. The scalloped edge was worked using one strand of #3 gold. The little angular design was stitched using twisted gold.
So here we are with some re-discovered treasures. The cloak still needs its fastenings and the hat needs a top and ties, but I need to finish the centres of the shippo design before I do those. Something for the Easter Weekend perhaps?
If anyone is counting we're up to 244 hours.