While waiting for the wreath, my next project, I decided to pick up Lupe again and completed her sombrero. After getting dizzy from all the concentric circles of Van Dyke stitch - fini! Tony was right - it really does have the feeling of a straw hat!
Next to tackle was the brim, which called for satin stitch and beads for the small decorative stitching accents. These would actually be leather on a real sombrero, but I wanted to follow Tony's stitch guide as closely as possible and he suggested string beading. In order to allow these little decorations to bend if necessary I used Sundance #14 beads and very fine beading wire. After much cursing (#*^#!!!) this is the final result.
Right again, Tony.....this guy really IS a Master!