So, I’ve been stitching up a storm in the last week. You can see the last report in the earlier post Bird Brocade. As a reminder, I am keeping the colors and designs from the kit, but inventing my own stitch directions. The photos are linked to larger versions if you want more detail.The rest of the piece is in floss, but the bird is in wool. The change in texture and gloss make it really stand out. Something to keep in mind for later works.
I love this flower. It’s an example of what my mother told me: gold is a brown, not a yellow. If you want gold, go for tans and browns and combine them with some lighter and darker shades for the glow. These tan shades in the flower look very brown on the skein, but the purples and pinks bring out the yellow so they look golden (know your color wheel, people). I also learned that open chain/ladder stitch/square chain is a giant pain.
One stitch combination I thought up for this project is large masses of lazy daisy stitches (see the half-finished purple flower at the bottom). It looks like a pile of flower petals. Start at the top of the flower and work down, since the stitches need to overlap.
I haven’t quite decided how to finish the reddish leaves with backstitch outlining. The outer layer is theoretically two shades of green in long and short stitch, but I may change that.