Did you ever wake up in the morning and think, "Yes! This is the day!"? Despite the weather being rainy and gloomy, that's how I felt--I finally had inspiration to finish the Peaceable Kingdom canvas!
When you're random-stitching over previously worked areas, you really need to see in your mind the effect you want to achieve. For some strange reason, this morning I finally saw the tall grass I needed to stitch below the field and surrounding the lion. I'd had the thread for ages: how I needed to stitch it and how far down I needed to go toward the bottom of the canvas suddenly became clear.
Using one strand of Wildflowers "Guacamole," I placed random long stitches in rows overlapping each other. I didn't want to encroach on the angel or the lion--that would have ruined the perspective of the scene.
So from the painted canvas (photo below), I've created my own stand-up--an angel, lamb and lion in a peaceable setting all my own.
My apologies to a reader some time back, who posed a question several days after my post that I didn't see right away. The hills in the background, she asked--how did I achieve the dark "points" with the overdyed thread I was using? Most often I don't, but sometimes I find I need to "manipulate" the thread I'm using. It's a matter of looking ahead when using overdyed thread--if it starts turning darker or lighter and that shade doesn't suit your needs, end it and begin again.
So now I can return to the Toyland Rocking Horse canvas, and perhaps another, with a clear conscience--this canvas is a wrap!