Sunday, July 31, 2011

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood

We had a great time in class today.  We created the perfect softly shaded sky for our trees. 

The canvases from Colors of Praise are so beautifully painted that I didn't want to cover all the shading.  That is after all one of the things that originally drew me to the canvas.

You can imagine the cool breeze blowing when you look at the tree. OK, that's my imagination wishing there was a cool breeze, but there is definite movement to the sky.

We used Soie 100/3 which is quickly becoming a favorite thread of mine.  It's about the size of sewing thread.  The first time I saw it, I swore you would have to be crazy to use it.  Years later, I love it!

A single strand in an open stitch is all that is required to give just a little life to our sky. We had 2 options for the sky stitch.  The one shown below is how I stitched mine, but I included a second option in the instructions if you aren't in the mood to concentrate as much.

The clouds are beautiful and sparkly.  Two strands of Accentuate and they shimmer and float across the sky.

 We also stitched and beaded the upper border.

Next up the floor and the fun borders!


NCPat said...

Excellent choices! It does cool you down just looking at it!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

The background stitch does look tricky but also perfect. Good job as always, Ruth.

SharoninStitches said...

This is a beauty!

Nancy L said...

Love that sky, Ruth. The stitch looks doable if tackled row by row. Does it have a name?


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