I wove about 2,000 picks yesterday, which got me through the interminable (but necessary) hem allowance, plus about 1/3 of the image:
It’s looking good! It looks a bit blurry and unfocused, though. Partly that’s the design, which is meant to be ghostly like flame, but it’s also because getting sharp detail isn’t really practical with 8-end satin. So I think a bit of embroidery will really “pop” the design by bringing it into focus.
I have about 2,700 picks to go – perhaps a few hundred more if I decide to lengthen the hem allowance at top.
Off to weave! I’m hoping to finish the piece today. If not today, then definitely tomorrow.