Winter just doesn’t want to let go this year, although it is supposed to warm up for the next couple of days. I thought we could hurry Spring along by stitching Spring birds. This leads me to the Small Diagonal Leaf Variation Stitches that I charted, thinking of bird feathers.
These are two lovely stitches, one a little more open, which allows the canvas shading to show and the other is a full coverage stitch. The threads you choose will determine how well the stitch covers. Have fun with the stitches and I would love to see how you use the stitches…..
First is the Small Diagonal Leaf Variation, a fuller coverage stitch, great for the smaller bird canvases trees, or bushes. Remember you can rotate the diagram and the stitch will slant in the opposite direction, (\) versus (/).
Here is the stitched sample.
As you see in the picture the pink row was stitched using one strand of #8 Perle Cotton. The second gold row was stitched using one strand of Kreinik Medium #16 Braid. The yellow row was stitched using one strand of Neon Rays. Th darker green was stitched using one strand of Silken Straw Silk. Finally the last lighter green row was stitched using 2 plies of cotton floss.
Jane of Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure had fun experimenting with fibers and the stitch. When she first saw the Small Diagonal Leaf Variation chart her fingers stitched a fabulous variation, the Small Diagonal Leaf Variation 1.
Next is the stitched sample.
The first light green row was stitched using one strand of Silken Straw. The orange row was stitched using one strand of Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct. The darker green was stitched with 2 plies of DMC cotton floss, and finally the pink row was again stitched with one strand of #8 Perle Cotton.
I thought her mind was brilliant! This stitch allows shading of beautiful hand painted bird canvases to show through! The stitch was so great I had to chart the variation! You can see how a minor change makes a beautiful stitch. Remember there are no mistakes in needlepoint, just new variations of stitches.
Last week I received three books in the mail, “The A-Z of Bead Embroidery, The A-Z of Stumpwork, and Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork”. All three books have easy to follow diagrams with ideas for berries, flowers, leaves, even animals. If you love books these are a great addition to your library. Check with your LNS to see if they carry them or can bring them in for you. Since I have been house-bound I found these books on Amazon.
The kitty crew are all shedding at the moment so there are fur balls everywhere. The latest in Tango’s antics, well he has started trying to push the baby gate on the stairs over in an attempt to get the girls kibble. Luckily the baby gate is securely locked and it was just leaning backwards a little.
Blackie is still coming twice a day to be fed, just no photos of her.
That’s all for today Have a great weekend and take time to put a few stitches in!