My fingers are raw from stitching this guy. The shell is vinyl. While doing the reverse applique for the top, it was not too bad. Then I starting on the underside, going through two layers of vinyl and the going slowed down. Then I put all the pieces together and started stitching the shell to the belly (two layers of vinyl plus one of cotton) and things deteriorated. Badly. Mostly my fingers deteriorated. And I couldn’t find my thimble but having set myself an arbitrary deadline for getting this guy done I plowed through, even resorting to using pliers to pull the needle through.
I’m about 95% done this morning but I had to stop. The final stitching through one layer of vinyl and one layer of felt requires dexterity that doesn’t allow for use of the pliers. I need my thimble, and a layer of callous on my fingers. I’m setting this guy aside for a few days.
But I’ll be back.