Sunday, May 01, 2011

Let the games begin

We've done the tedious parts of the canvas (the sky, the dirt); now we have flowers and leaves and the dragonfly to play with!  You probably know my attention span by now, so I'm excited by the flowers.  Fun little gems we can bring to life.
































There's lots of color and detail left.  Let's start with the 4 big leaves at the bottom of the canvas.  Hopefully everyone has their dirt done.

The leaves are bold and graphic, almost as big as the bird!



I kept the stitch choices simple playing mostly with contrast in threads.  I like the juxtaposition of silk ribbon with Lorikeet or Lorikeet with a subtle metallic.  The stitches are simple long stitches or ones that we've used before.  While it might be fun for every leaf and flower to be  different stitch that won't necessarily give us the best finished look.

The first flower to be embellished is created with lots of layers of fluffy ribbon loops and French Knots.

These are really cool and fun to do.  Bring your needle up roughly 1/2" from the edge of your flower.  Fold the ribbon into a loop and then sink the needle again about 3/4" from the edge of the flower.  Keep your finger on top of the loop and bring the needle up through both layers of ribbon.  (now you can move your finger.) Make a French Knot;  this secures the loop! 

There's 2 tricks to this. One is mentioned above.  Keep your finger on top of the loop.  The other trick is the position of the French Knot.  The closer you position your French Knot to the fold in the loop the flatter your petal will be.  The closer to the point where the ribbon goes in and out of the canvas, the taller the loops will sit away from the canvas.  For this flower we want flat loops.

Start with one layer of red ribbon loops in the main red color.

Add the orange stripes.


And then another layer of loops.  And another layer all red this time.



And finally a wonderful Zecca button in the center of the flower.


This flower is Fun and flirty, setting the stage for things to come!

Until next time.

12 comments:

GrannySue said...

Wow that piece is just amazing. As someone who only knows one stitch I am just blown away by how magic your work is.

Piedmont Pediatrics at Oak Hill said...

That is incredible. I can't tell what the round orange things are on the bottom left leaf--they look like felt buttons. I love it. Now I will wait anxiously for my kit to arrive.

Ruth Schmuff said...

You are precisely right! Wonderful felt buttons.

Tapestry Fair Needlepoint News said...

Fabulous stitching on the flower!

Tapestry Fair Needlepoint News said...

Fabulous stitching on the flower!

Piedmont Pediatrics at Oak Hill said...

I have never seen or heard of felt buttons but that is what it looked like. This is going to be even prettier than my wildest dream. Your talents and ideas amaze me. Margaret

Kelly Clark said...

OK, Ruth! Stop It! That flower and those leaves are way too stinkin" CUTE!!!...I'm wanting to statch this piece and when the heck will I have time????

Ruth Schmuff said...

Now my job is to make all the flowers stinkin' CUTE. I've got another one finished. Several more to apply cuteness to.

Rebecca said...

Okay, I'm way behind but plugging along. I am putting the beads in the dirt and wondered why I had some yellow beads in my bag.

Rebecca in IA

Ellie said...

Hi Ruth, I just noticed that one of the felt buttons sits beyond the painted area of the canvas. Are you going to create a border for this canvas? I am planning to have my framed so I am wondering how to deal with this. Ideas?

Ellie said...

I am so sorry Ruth, don't know why the comment came under my daughter's name (Ellie) although I signed under my e-mail and password. Palma

Ruth Schmuff said...

Hi - Don't worry about the felt button that extends beyond the painted area. If you frame it, the frame or mat will cover that. If you make it into a pillow this will be caught in the seam.

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