|Hazel's block after Mardeen's work.|
Many of my ideas were so involved, I feared they would overpower the frog prince, so I decided to try to keep it a bit more simple. I planned to cross-stitch a frog on the small gray triangle, add a flower border and a dragonfly to the light green triangle, and add a silk ribbon butterfly to the red above the frog.
The read patch looked challenging to me. I wanted to embellish the seam between it and the blue block below, without pulling the eye away from the frog's crown. So, I used DMC 666 (the closest red I could find) to make a chain-stitch along the seam. The silk ribbon butterfly followed a pattern for an Australian Beak Butterfly from The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible: The Essential Illustrated Reference to Designs and Techniques.
|At this point, I requested advice from a friend.|
Next, I added the dragonfly to the green block. Then, I panicked. Both butterflies and the dragonfly were flying in the same direction. I also feared there was too much yellow. In addition, I hoped to add an orange dragonfly, but I feared it would stand out too much with all of the softer colors. So, I conspired with my friend, Crystal. (I love her work, you can see why at Crystal's Crafty Adventures.) I shared a few photos, my concerns, my ideas, and requested her opinion.
I loved Crystal's idea of combining yellow and orange; so, I made a couple of butterflies using one strand of yellow and one strand of orange floss, in addition to adding the orange dragonfly. Then, I found a shade of green similar to that of the fabric to stitch in the flight patterns for each insect.
On the red block, I wanted to add some blue and add something to the seam; however, I really did not want to compete with the frog's crown. So, I ended up making a few small blue and green flowers. Next, I added a smaller, white butterfly. In red, I stitched in the flight patterns.
I hope Hazel likes the additions to her block. I mail it on tomorrow and look forward to seeing how Shannon and Crystal bring the rest of the block to life.