Well, after multiple soaks and prayers that the stain would go away, I managed to minimize it to a small, light purplish blob. I would have soaked it more but the water was running into the other stitching and I had some of my stitches bleed a bit. Sigh. After I came to accept the fate of bleeding threads, I had an idea about what to do with the stain. I am going to stitch either a little butterfly or dragonfly over top the stain, in the direction of the thistles. Not too bad of an idea hey?! I figured why not embrace the stain and work with it, instead of fighting it. I am still mulling over which kind of bug will fly into my Tanglewood, but I think I'm leaning more towards a dragonfly.
Oh and to top off the stain catastrophe, I had to frog out that right branch about three times!! I did read the warnings posted by the ladies stitching Tanglewood on the ICblog about how pesky and troublesome that branch was to stitch. Here I am, stitching along, thinking that I wouldn't screw it up because I was being so careful, yet I did! It was like an optical illusion! I swear!!