I'm catching up with the CQJP, stitching my May block with the TAST stitches from last month. There on the bottom you can see that I did a half chevron stitch seam embellished with buttons. The little yellow bird is being auditioned for that spot. It's the bird or a red poppy, I haven't decided yet.
I used bullion stitch to add fanciful flowers to a branch that frames the white crane. I like bullion stitch, it has a nice rhythm to it once you get going. I added glass leaf-shaped beads instead of embroidering them.
The basic design for the branch comes from this 1970s-era crewel embroidery book. I've added this to my collection in the past few years, but I know we also had one of these at home when I was growing up.
I stitched this vine motif when I was a teenager. This piece of crewel embroidery was turned into a pillow and then had an unfortunate run through the laundry, but I still have it.
It was an important learning piece. Instead of the original poem I substituted a stanza (it continues on the back) of W.B. Yeats' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." Here's the whole poem:
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee; And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet's wings. I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart's core.
You can hear a recording of Yeats reading the poem here on poets.org. His lovely
recitation sounds like singing.