Sunday, December 09, 2012

Rainy Day Stitching

Well, it's a poor picture but the grey day doesn't allow for much better. I wanted to share the progress of the bear's border. It's happening a little slower than I had hoped, but it's half done and entirely possible to finish before 2013.
I am mostly working in outline stitch, straight stitch and double running stitch, but not being too particular about conforming to regulations. I am using a cottolin weaving thread which has the same matte texture as the tapestry wool of the bears, but is a bit thinner. It also tends to shred a little so I am using shorter lengths, which means more stops and starts, but overall the stitching is going well.

Yesterday I saw a barred owl perched on a fencepost, so I will take it as an indication of where I will go next. I haven't decided yet which pages I will use. This?
Source: Gilcrease Museum
© Public Domain. Courtesy of the Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa, OK.
 Or this? What do you think?
Source: Gilcrease Museum
© Public Domain. Courtesy of the Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa, OK.
Both pages can be found on the Library and Archives Canada site which shares the Codex Canadensis with the world.

4 comments:

  1. Both pages are so wonderful, how about combining both? A family portrait of Owls! If anyone can do it...you can!

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  2. Such fun! You'll have a good time stitching the feathers I think. (Love the "whiskers".) Hard to choose which birds though - they're all fabulous.

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  3. sigh, I'm in awe of your work, beautiful

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  4. onesmallstitch7:57 AM

    I like the idea of a combination,can't wait to see all the feathers

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