I have finished stitching the centre portion of The Tipsy Thistle!
This section was supposed to be Spider's Web stitch in different directions, but I couldn't find it in any of my books and I really wanted to learn some raised stitches, so ... The side columns are worked in Raised Stem Stitch and the centre column in Raised Chain Stitch. It took me several attempts to get these right, in the end I watched the excellent videos on the Needle n Thread blog and finally got it!
The hands are outlined in Stem stitch, an all time favourite stitch of mine and one I actually know how to do! I am really enjoying learning all the different stitches on this piece, they are far from perfect, and I did think about removing the hands from the design, but I want to make this into a workbag when it is finished so a few wonky stitches and 'stitching hands' should make sense right?