Just awesome Jeff! Love the paint schemes.
The only thing I know to make those pesky cotton fibers lay down is to wax the thread before using it. I use beeswax, but candlewax works too. Just run the thead between your thumb and cake of wax several times quickly. Then once again between your thumb and forefinger to knock off any wax bits. Now it’s ready to go.
"Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
Wernher von Braun