I am making good progress with my Birdie Stitches project, and have completed the second block. This is the block for February--Kissing Birds. (Sounds like "Kicking Bird" from Dances With Wolves).
The stitching with fewer strands of thread (the flowers, stems and floating hearts) are definitely more forgiving than the thicker six strand stitching for the birdies themselves. I like the strong outline the six strands give, but the stitching with three strands just seems more refined somehow. After another block or so, when I get more practice, I will show you all what the back looks like.
Am I ever being brave--it is like when Kirstie Alley wore a bikini on the Oprah show. lol I will be setting myself up for all sorts of comments like old Kirstie got. "No WAY is she 150 pounds". "Look at the cellulite, will ya'". "What is she THINKING, going out in public like that?" What is the embroidery equivalent of that? "Oh my. Look at those lumpy stitching lines". "Doesn't look like she can sew straight to save her life". No, I know you all are kinder than that!!
I am learning all sorts of embroidery lingo. "Traveling". That is when you jump your needle across your stitchery and leave a big line of thread on the underside that is visable through the top of the finished project. A big no-no. "Orts". Those teensy snipped threads that pile up next to your sewing chair. Or if you are like me, they pile up on the arm of the couch, on the floor where I am sitting, on the end table...
Busy week, this week. I am finding myself quite on the go. And man, is it ever slow going with 90 year Grandpa in tow! He is a good sport though, as long as I keep him in snacks and newspapers to read. He also likes to stop now and then and buy me lunch!