I replaced the red basting stitches with cable stitches done in white silk thread then I stitched one area – the Berry Wreath.
The hoop is another issue I have with working on it. The largest hoop I have is 13 inches. This is not big enough for the entire project and I won’t be able to move the hoop around because it will smash the silk ribbons. I looked for a larger one at a couple of shops in Sapporo but the largest one I saw was only 24 cm. Another option will be to see if I have stretcher bars that are big enough to accommodate this piece. We’ll see how much I get done on it this week.