Since we have been snowed in more times than I want to count, I have gotten in a lot of stitching time. I guess there’s worse things.
Needle Deeva’s Birdhouse Garden is one of the many pieces that I am currently working on. A number of people have already signed up to stitch along with me. You can always join in. I’m just waiting for canvases to arrive and then I will get the first installment out.
I did a laid and tied stitch for the roof of the birdhouse. Reverse check is a great stitch for the side of a house. Very simple, but a nice texture. Didn’t need a busy stitch on the house with a bold purple roof!
Colonial knots are my new favorite thing. They add so much dimension to your stitching.
The red birdhouse started with me looking at a stitch diagram, then realizing the cross stitches were to compact for what I was looking for. So, I laid in the cross stitches and realized it was WAY too open. So, I went back with a Kreinik called “Chili Pepper” and laid in a design. I think it turned out pretty cool.
I think the flower made of sequins is my favorite. The sequins are actually purple. Photography . . .not my best feature.
Some of the flowers were painted as semi circles and I thought I would just cut sequins in half. Not a good idea I wouldn’t try it if I were you. So , I figured out another way around that. The answer is in the stitch guide.
The bee skep, (boy the things I learn through needlepoint) isn’t exactly realistic looking. I always research things in pieces I’m stitching with Google Images. I have files upon files on my computer of what appear to be the most random things. I didn’t want this to be realstic looking, like a basket because that is just not the mood of this piece. This design is very whimsical, almost cartoonish. So, you gotta work with what ya got.