But since I still have internet service, I thought I would do a little update about my designs. On the new U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Postcard, I listed the backstitching in order. The reason for that is, when I create a design and then stitch it up, I backstitch from front to back. That is, objects in the foreground are backstitched before the objects behind, if that makes sense. I typically do this on all my charts even if I don't specifically say so. If you ever a question about backstitching (or anything else relating to my designs), please don't hesitate to email me.
Now a little about the new island samplers. Oahu Sampler and Kauai Sampler were released recently, Maui and the Big Island are charted but not stitched. I feature a few landmarks or towns, whatever I can fit inside the space of the island perimeter. Each island in Hawaii has a color and a flower: Kauai-purple and mokihana, Niihau-brown/white and pupu shell, Oahu-yellow and pua 'ilima, Molokai-green and kukui, Lanai-orange and kauna'oa, Maui-pink and lokelani, Kahoolawe-gray and hinahina, and Hawaii-red and ohia lehua. On each of the island samplers, I have depicted the flower but I neglected to put anything about the island color. So here is what I am going to do in the future (and if you haven't already stitched up your samplers, you might want to make these changes) - for each island, I have the phrase "island" no ka oi which means whatever island named is the best. Instead of stitching this in red on each sampler, I will stitch the phrase in the specific color for each island. Since Oahu and Kauai are already out there, these are my suggestions for the new color: for Oahu, use 725 (or any yellow or gold of your choice). And for Kauai, use 327 (or any purple of your choice). When I reprint these charts, I will update them with these changes.
I'm finishing this post about two hours after I started (after making soup for supper and taking the dogs out). Now the rain has let up and looks as though we may get a big break in the weather this afternoon, yay!