Today is the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening! Yes I am a huge Disney fan, just love the theme parks. So if you live in Southern California you may want to go and check out all the celebrations 🙂 If I had thought of it sooner I would have diagrammed Mickey Mouse’s ears as a darning pattern. Who knows, I may just do it!
I want to thank Rozelle Hirschfelt for a wonderful class last week. She is a member of Stan Hywet Needlework Guild and was kind enough to teach her pilot Calla Lily class. I can’t show photos of the three-dimensional Calla Lily yet since it was a pilot class. If you go to the ANG Stitch of the Month for 2015 you will see the three-dimensional Water Lily that Rozelle also designed for ANG. The directions on how to stitch this lovely piece are being posted monthly, it is never too late to start! These flowers are beautiful and not that difficult to create, Rozelle’s directions are very detailed. Here she is in person!
Now for today’s stitch, two versions of the Upright Cross Gone Wrong.
The stitched sample.
I stitched the sample in two different colors, the bottom is two plies of Soie d’alger and the top is a Kreinik Fine (#8) Braid. The eye tends to blend the top color since it is not a bright color. It has a boxed appearance and would be a great background on geometric canvases. If you use a heavier bottom thread the stitch will fill in more. The sample is outlined in a Smyrna Cross using one ply of Caron’s Watercolours. I decided to make the weekly stitches into a sampler which I can then use as a reference.
This is the Upright Cross Gone Wrong which is charted in several books. I found this version in “Desert Island Stitches by Carole H.Lake & Michael E.Boren”. I liked the idea of stitching it in two different colors since it completely changes the appearance. This is a great textured stitch which would make interesting Alligator hide. I can see two shades of green in the same color family being used. The boxed appearance is great for the hide. If you use the large version make sure the thread is heavy enough for a fuller coverage, unless of course you want to show the painted canvas.
You could vary the type of threads used to give a nubbier appearance for part of your Alligator/Crocodile.
Well folks that is all for today, have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Here is a photo of me when I first visited Disney in 1993, I was so happy to see Chewbacca from Star Wars!
Happy Diamond Anniversary Disneyland 🙂