Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Take Flight - Block 14 Solstice Dream


The stitch along instructions and tips for Solstice Dream blocks include the needles and types of threads used in this project.  Thread colors are included in the pattern.  Book pages refer to those in the Right (or Left) Handed Embroiderer's Companion available in my Etsy shop.



Sometimes in art, items don't always need to be in scale.  For example, in reality a bird is very tiny compared to the size of a tree.  However, as you look at this block you see a bird flying over a tree even though the scale is off.  Keep that "permission" in mind next time you want to draw a design.

By now you are familiar with most of these stitches and will be able to embellish this block quickly.

Bird:
Wings:  Outline the front wing with Bullion Knots (page 18) using Silken Pearl #5 in a #1 Milliners needle. Switch to a #24 Chenille needle and Dazzle thread to add feather stitch on both wings.

Belly:  Using Silken Pearl #5 and a #24 Chenille needle Back Stitch (page 10) around the belly.  Begin at one "pointy" end and count your stitches as you proceed to the other "pointy" end.  Continue around making certain that you have the same number of Back Stitches on both sides of the belly.  Weave through the Back Stitches using the same thread in Double Pekinese Stitch (page 14).

Tip:  I prefer a #1 Milliner needle for this weaving, using the eye-end of the needle to avoid catching the fabric as you weave.

Using Dazzle thread and a #24 Chenille needle, whip the Back Stitches to add a bit of contrast.  Add 4 Fly Stitches (page 91) between the woven belly and the tail.

Tail:
Make 3 Double Cast-On Stitches (page 40) at the tail with Silken Pearl #5 threaded in a #1 Milliner needle.

Beak:
Use Silken Pearl #5 to Satin Stitch (page 132) the beak using a #24 Chenille needle.

Eye:
I used a small bead about 1/4" in diameter stitched in place with a cotton thread.  Surrounding the eye is a Bullion Loop (page 20) stitched with an Extra Long Darner needle and Dazzle thread.  My eye bead required 35 wraps on the needle.  I secured the loop in place around the bead with a few stitches using the same thread.

Outline:
Pekinese Stitch (page 13) around the bird using Silken Pearl #5 for the back stitches and Dazzle for the weaving in a #24 Chenille needle.  Don't add this stitch around the beak or the front wing.

Tree:
Leaves:  
Using a #5 Pearl Cotton and #24 Chenille needle, Fly Stitch (page 91) in the center of each leaf.  Add a French Knot with 1 wrap at the end of each stitch using Silken Pearl #5.  Outline each leaf with #5 Pearl Cotton.

Lady Bug:  Refer to Block 12 for instructions on stitching the Lady Bug.

Stems:
Using Silken Pearl #5 in a #24 Chenille needle, cover each stem in Herringbone Stitch (page 100).

Just 1 more block to go!




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