Wednesday, August 3, 2011
FROM MY WINDOW
I stitched each piece separately on calico, it was the first time I had used this method, rather like the slips stitched in Elizabethan times, where pieces were stitched then cut out and added to the main piece, this also meant if one bird did not come up just right I had not ruined the whole piece of my work. These were more needlepainting pieces than stumpwork I had several reference books showing the birds beside me as I stitched, It is not a good idea to rely on only one source as colour can vary with different printing methods.For this piece I also had a dead bird to look at, it is amazing the different shading that makes up the feathers, I did not have enough different shades in my embroidery threads.
Stitched with one thread of stranded thread many different shades and lots of tiny straight stitches. The branch is from the silver birch tree with a coat of varnish to help preserve it and the tiny leaves once stitched were stiffened before being cut out. I did not buttonhole the edge as I wanted to give it a natural look and the stiffener, I used a liquid product "Stiffy"to make them very firm.
Posted by Lee