This is just three days of work, and I haven't been stitching a lot every day:
before... and after!
Getting my threads organized has made a HUGE difference in how fast I can stitch. Of course, this means my coffee table has been conquered by thread, but that's how it has to be for a while. Here's my VERY simple setup:
Anyway, back to the point...
And then there's a bag of all the blends. I put a length of each color on the bobbin, write the two color numbers AND the symbol on the bobbin, and treat it like a single color. No fumbling for two bobbins and getting just one strand off each every time. This is the #1 speed tip for Wentzlers, I bet.
We'll see how smug I am when I get to the wings. I hear those are nasty. (I haven't actually stitched any of the wings on this piece... thank you RR partners!) But honestly, they don't look any more scary than the rest, except for the addition of blending filament on top... :)