I hope Spring has finally sprung where you live. In Northeast Ohio we have had some lovely sunny days, just a little cool.
Since it is spring and I love to hear and watch the birds at my bird feeder, I started to think we need more feather stitches.
The Milanese Variations are fun birdie stitches. This one stitch has 3 different looks. I am sure one of the stitches will work for your canvas.
The first Milanese Variation leaves open space to allow the painted canvas to show.
This stitch has a strong diagonal flow, so think of the direction you want accentuated. The stitch can be turned 45 degrees to make it work for you.
I rotated the sample so you can see the change in direction.
The next two Milanese variations fill in the empty space with Tent, Gobelin and Cross Stitches. I always say, where you see a tent stitch you can use beads, French Knots or Cross Stitches to achieve the desired look. Milanese Variation 2 has an interesting texture that would work for shrubs, trees, hills.
Jane Wood of Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure stitched these wonderful samples. The light pink was stitched using one strand of #12 Perle Cotton and the darker pink used one strand of #8 Perle Cotton. The purple fill stitches were stitched with one strand of #8 Perle Cotton whilst the orange fill stitches used #12 Perle Cotton.
In my world the fill stitches could be highlights/shading of your bird feathers.
Milanese Variation 3 stitched up quite interestingly.
When Jane emailed me this photo I immediately thought of lightening. Wouldn’t Milanese Variation 3 make fabulous Halloween hair on your witch or Bride of Frankenstein… tell me your thoughts?
Yes the club is still going strong. I lovely these monthly packages, I never know what fun magnet will be sent out.
Today I received a thread package, new Color Dreams Floche and the new Petite Silk Lame colors! Are these not luscious!
Now the kitties had been behaving until this morning. I awoke to a loud crackling crunching noise. Yes, Tango was at it again, except I caught him red-handed as he was attempting to open a styrofoam box with a bagel and tortilla chips stored away! Upon arriving in the kitchen Noe took on the role of enforcer and chased Tango off the counter and down to the basement! I thought this box was stronger, which it is, but his teeth and paws are quite adept at opening packages! Of course it was my fault because he wanted breakfast!
Well folks that’s all for today! I do have another stitch planned, so stay tuned and enjoy todays stitches! If you use the stitches I would love to see your stitched canvas!
Take a little time to put in a few stitches this week.