I originally made this little tree scene cameo seperately. It was not long previous to my marriage break up and being, as I considered it, a picture of Pandora's Box and open... I felt that my husband would realise that I had made my decision to leave. Stupid I know! But the story goes that once Pandora's box was open and the contents had flown out, they could not be retrieved.
I thought that once I allowed my mind to see the truth... which was that our relationship had been over for a long time (a thought which I avoided seeing for many years)... I could not 'un-know' it.
So I'd blush or my heart would jump when he saw me working on it. As if he'd possibly be able to connect it. But there it is.
Long time ago now. Happy now. Nice kids. Nice life. All good so don't you worry.
I must get a photo of the whole piece. It's nice. There are three of the Bluebirds on it. Have a look at all of the cards if you want to. Up to you. Don't if you don't want to. Of course. I put it here again so it will come up in the label 'Birds'. I try not to repeat myself. I try.
I have to tell you I began to run out of ideas by the time I'd finished the fans. You'd think I might have gone to the many, many books I have for inspiration, but I got a bit stuck in a rut and repeated the same borders in various combinations. Ish. The butterfly border is pretty, done in hand spun linen and Hollyhocks are always good. I'm not sure if I've ever put a link to making Maltese Cross's before, but here is one on Bhavani's blog. HI BHAVANI!!! Your blog is terrific!
Let's see... the heavy outline is in Roumanian Couching, a very useful stitch and deliciously strong. My use differs in that I have worked it straight rather than on an angle as in the diagram. I discovered it first in a reproduction (book) of DMC designs... I'll look it up (it's in the other room and that's way too far away tonight)... the design in the book is THIS design and I did the Monogram later. The 'M' is an upside down 'W' from an old Illumination.
Inside the main trunk of the 'M' is Detached Buttonhole, obviously, with silk I dyed myself in a moment of rare experimentation. I don't like to dye thread, or rather, I don't trust it... all those hours stitching and then it runs or fades... s'pose 11 years later and it's still colourful.
So that's about it, with a little Padded Satin stitch and some straight 'fill' stitches. Easy Peasy.
The stems and leaves are with, is it Kookanda or something? Fine wool. Absolutely beautiful to use. The dappled colours give a subtle shift in hue or shade that works well anyplace.
Just to give you an idea, the tan 'satin-backed-shantung' is the actual colour of the quilt background. $4 at St. Andrews market and exactly perfect.
I'm a reasonable human being I think. Friendly type, you know. Happy in myself. Clever and a little bit stupid too, depends where you look (hope I got it round the right way and it's not 'I'm quite stupid and a little bit clever??' That'd be awful). I like the other humans and want you (especially you) to be my friend. Please?