Sunday, May 06, 2012

April CQJP

I finished my April block, only a few days into May.

The green seam is zig-zag chain stitch, and the flowers are straight stitch and French knots.  The yellow seam is plain old cross stitch.

In this photo the blue seam is wheatear stitch, the TAST stitch from two week ago, with orange French knots.  The orange seam is fly stitch with some tiny silver beads.  The pink seam is the TAST crossed buttonhole stitch for this week, accented with some tiny heart buttons and detatched chain stitches.

I used outline stitch, satin stitch, and stem stitch to embellish the center image of the hummingbird.  Tahlia sent me some retro-reflective thread from Textura Trading Co., which I combined with two strands of cotton for the bird wings.  The retro-reflective thread has a sparkle which is hard to see in the photo, but which gives the wings a bit of sheen.

In the right upper corner I put a little black bird like the ones that stand in the grass next to my house.  It guards some silk ribbon fuchsias. 

I'm going to put this project on hold for the rest of the month.  I'm wrapping up the school year and then Michael and I will go on vacation.  I may post some other projects in the meantime, but I'll pick up the next block in June, when I hope to catch up with the rest of the Tuesday Stitchers group.

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