DH was out of town this past weekend, so out came the Marta Mask. I spent the better part of an afternoon deciding on a stitch to use for the "feathers". I found this one, called Katie's Cross, on my Suzy's Stitches app. (I love having stitch books on my iPad & iPhone!). It is worked in shades of gray #8 pearl cotton with Neon Rays Plus accents.
Once I completed one feather, I realized that it was time to get some cording. I want to do the black & silver edging around the feathers with black purchased cording and couch it with silver.
I took Marta with me, thank goodness! I thought I would want a 3/8" twisted cord, but it was much to "tall", although it covered the areas well. I had to get 3/16" cord and as you can see below, it doesn't cover well, but it looks right. I will need to increase the inside of the areas.
In the pic, the cord is just laid on the canvas, I haven't started stitching it down yet. I'm hoping that I can force the ends through the canvas & secure on the back. I will probably tack it down with black sewing thread and then couch it with silver FyreWerks or Kreinik metallic ribbon. If any of you have any ideas about all this - I'm open for suggestions!