After many hours of stitching fun, one project is almost finished. "Taking Time To Smell The Flowers" is meant to be a pillow and it's finished except for the stuffing. This is a design by my friend, Norma Whaley, of Timeless Traditions Quilts, wool applique on a wool background.
Below is Norma's pillow, and you can see I took a few tiny liberties with her design. Norma doesn't mind as she recently finished my design, Ask-Believe-Receive and made her own changes. I love Norma's design but just wanted to make it mine with a few "tweaks".
At the end of the day I enjoy sitting down and making beautiful embellishment stitches. Here's what I did:
- I made the bunny's ears a bit longer and added some pink inside.
- The shape of the eye is added with a Back Stitch using Old Lace Sheep's Silk, a dark brown wool circle with blue wool circle on top and a Straight Stitch highlight with the Sheep's Silk,
- Painter's Threads Ribbon Floss, slightly rouched, was appliqued in place for a neck scarf.
- The entire rabbit was outlined with Back Stitch using the Sheep's Silk.
- I made the berries larger and branches to the main stem are Palestrina Stitch in Silken Pearl #5, Acorn Woods.
- Back Stitch along the main stem with Evergreens Silken Pearl #5
- Fly Stitch along small leaves in Camoflage Silken Pearl #5
- Large Leaves are outlined with Back Stitch. A Back Stitch "vein" is added down the length of the leaf with Pistil Stitches added in varying lengths using Painters Thread Pearl Cotton #8, Van Gogh.
- I changed the flower to be a single shape rather than individual petals. The flower is outlined with a Back Stitch in Autumn Honey, Silken Pearl #5. Woven Picots were added at the bottom of each flower using the same thread. I moved the Picots out of the way to add Pistil Stitches in varying lengths were stitched with Granite Silken Pearl #5. To finish, I placed a single stitch at the end of each picot to hold them in place.
- I changed the shape of the tulip and added an outline of Bullion Knots using Hollyhocks & Hummingbirds Silken Pearl #5.
- The center petal is created with Hollyhocks & Hummingbirds in a Chain Stitch. I began at the point of the petal and worked from the outside in to the center.
- Bullion Knots in Chartreause Silken Pearl #5 connect the berries to the tulip.
- Turkey Work using Mushroom Sheep's Silk gives this bunny a fluffy tail.
- I made the grassy area larger and using Straight Stitches in Painter's Thread Pearl Cotton #8, Monet, added some grass.
- Along the top of the grass there are large Lazy Daisy Stitches in Monet, with Hollyhocks & Hummingbirds Straight Stitches inside.