I don't like working until the last minute. I wish I'd realized sooner that I had a scope/timing mismatch, here.
I am calling the embroidery done. I eventually did up it from 2 strands of thread to 3, which gave better coverage than 2 but didn't look as puffy as 4. Now the parts worked in 2 strands look a little thin. Well... too bad. I don't have the time to do any more than fill in the most obvious places where the ground showed through.
Since the St. Cuthbert pieces were lined in red silk, I think I'll use my leftover violet silk (from the Kentish gown) for the backing. But I do like the pennants white rather than violet - violet clashes with the red embroidery. I'll leave most of one side open so people can see the reverse. That's a thing for embroidery, right? Not sure if I should make the ties of white linen or violet silk. Silk is actually way strong. Also won't show dirt as fast as the linen.
Got a spear head from my dad for the display. Maybe. The thing is enormous. Still need to scratch out notes from the Durham embroideries book. And finding my CD of the Bayeux tapestry would be better than using the sketches I made of banners a decade ago. Why can I find the freaking sketches and not the CD?
Bleah. I have a good chunk solidly memorized, not so solidly rehearsed. Another good chunk... not so solid. Experience tells me to cut myself off and go with the part I'm confident with. I don't like that - I want to do the entire selection I had planned! And it's so close! - but no, seriously, I do this to myself every freaking bardic competition.
Waffling on use of instrument. There's a definite wow factor, but I'll be able to gesture more without, I think. Also fubar'ed up my shoulder on my flight yesterday and not sure if I can even physically handle the instrument. WHY.
Clearly I need to start working out again.
I Drank of Mnemosyne
So yes, the original piece, in the off-chance I make it to the final round. I actually have most of a draft somewhere. Not a complete draft, and the music was mushy last I could remember what it even was. It'll probably come back to me when I see the words. It ended up ballad form instead of verse-refrain, which I'm fine with.