Happy May to everyone! Northeast Ohio’s weather has been undecided, one day it is summer, the next it is spring, but it has been lovely watching the trees come to life and the flowers bloom. I have a few items for you today, a stitch, a couple of coloring pages, and of course photos my monthly magnet and the “Tigers”.
The stitch is Composite Diamonds, I charted it some time ago but never stitched a sample or put it out on blog. Jane of Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure was kind to stitch up a sample for me. Jane states the sample size is 1 ½ inches by 1 3/8 inches wide stitched on 18 count, this gives you an idea of the stitch size.
The stitched sample shows how you can use the stitch. You could stitch the grey and white vertical stitches and leave the middle portion empty, giving a nice open stitch for a background, like a trellis stitch.
Jane stitched the zig zag frame (grey and white vertical stitches) first using four plies of ThreadworX cotton floss #10770 Nutmeg. Stitch the frame and leave the middle open and you will have a nice light stitch, think water, sky, vases, glass.
The white horizontal stitches are the cap of the diamond and were stitched with ThreadworX wool #W310 Nutmeg.
The green stitches are the final step to complete the diamond and were stitched using Finca size #12 perle cotton #328. Using the perle cotton shows how the stitch would look as light coverage allowing canvas to show through, thus you would see shading on the canvas.
This would make a beautiful background, clothing, rugs, wallpaper, change it up with the threads you choose. I hope you have fun with this stitch, it is one that I really do love because it is so easy to change the look of the stitch.
Now I didn’t get the coloring calendar pages out before May so I have two for you today. Enjoy coloring!
This next coloring page is a yearly calendar, couldn’t resist the cats!
The cats have been characters! Tango figured a way up the stairs past the gate to eat the girls kibble supply! I have moved the gate even higher because he can’t jump that high, but I am putting all kibble away when I go out just to be safe. Tango unfortunately will eat until he throws up, so he leaves tell-tale signs for me to find! I am guarding the back yard now since an orange male tabby is trying to scare Beardie out of her yard, so Mamma Sheena is the enforcer. Beardie just runs and won’t engage, which is very smart. I wish she would decide she liked the house better than the outdoors, unfortunately she still eats inside then goes back outside. Here are some photos of the girls!
This next is one of my favorite photos. Beardie and Noe are watching me bringing out dinner!
Thanks for following along with me! Have a great week! Stitch and do what you love!