perle 8, perle 5 and Stef Francis spun silk with flames on a base of perle 8.
Then I flipped through my TAST 2010 fabric book to see what I had done at the time. I noticed the VanDyke stitch and thought it could be a base for the Portuguese border stitch. I stitched it with perle 5.
I used the arms of the VanDyke stitch for the Portuguese border stitch in perle 5.
There was room for one more experiment, so I had to think which stitch to use for the foundation. I thought about pistil or buttonhole stitches, but decided to try the Cretan stitch. I stitched it with 4 threads of stranded floss . . .
. . . and used the arms for the Portuguese border stitch in perle 8. The left one is stitched from top to bottom, the right one from bottom to top.