I hope everyone is enjoying some sunshine 🙂 We are finally getting gorgeous weather!
Today’s stitch is from April’s clue in the 2015 Stitching Games over on Stitcherie. I am actually now caught up, which is the first time since January! Woo Hoo!! The stitch is a Closed Herringbone which is closely related to a Fern Stitch, it is just plaited.
I stitched a free-style version since the leaves are on an angle. I made sure that where the leaves cross the crossing was horizontal. The stitch is angled. If you like to follow a stitch pattern completely without changing it, you could use a Diagonal Fern stitch. This would give a very similar appearance. For my leaves I used two shades of River Silks 4mm ribbon. One side of the leaf was stitched in a darker green the other side in the lighter green. The top middle leaf was stitched using only the light green ribbon. If you want to see two more diagrammed Closed Herringbone stitches look in the newly revised “Needlepoint Book” on page 443. These are diagrammed slightly differently. My diagram is how I stitched the leaf. I did not compensate at the bottom of the leaf. Click here for the PDF version of the stitch and photograph, Closed Herringbone with photo.
Now I have a cat tale to tell. If you have been following along with my cat adventures you may remember Smokes.
This is one wily cat. I tried to trap him 4 years ago to have him neutered since he is the neighborhood stud 🙂 Of course I could not catch him. Wouldn’t you know it, this morning I look outside at the cages I have set up for Raccoons and there was Smokes! These traps have been tripped several times with the food eaten, but no animal was inside. I do believe it was possibly Smokes, since he is so canny. The trapper I use cannot pick up cats, he recommended I call the Westlake Animal Control which is our police department. They will neuter and release him, I did offer to pay for the neutering. Finally the population of wild cats may decrease in my area of Westlake! He was rather nasty to Noe when she lived outside and actually attacked her.
That’s my tale for today! I hope you have a wonderful Stitchy week and I will check in later this week.