Monday, June 17, 2013
First CQ Messenger Bag Post 4
I found myself inspired by a birdhouse in the Whispering Willow Garden motif in Joan Gordon's The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible. Although I changed the colors, the birdhouse was created the same. Using brown 7mm silk ribbon, I made a vertical straight stitch. Three more straight stitches were made using 4mm brown silk ribbon for the base and roof of the birdhouse. I used 2 strands of DMC #310 black floss and 2 wraps for a French knot to create the entrance.
My pole is not the same as the one found in Joan Gordon's book. Using 2 strands of brown DMC #420 floss (because it matched the brown silk ribbon I used), I ran a stem stitch from the birdhouse down to the black chain-stitched seam below. Then, I stem-stitched my way back up to the birdhouse, to add more width to the pole.
Had I created the pole first, it would not have intercepted my short flower stem below. (Yesterday, I added alternating short and long straight stitches about 1/4th an inch apart along the seam line using 2 strands of green DMC #989 floss.) However, this will simply mean there will be a flower at the base of the pole.
I do have a much larger dilemma...
Luckily, I am making this bag for myself and I can happily pretend to be oblivious to my own blunder.
Now, I am off to the library to sign my boys (Monkey & Mutt) up for the summer reading program. While I am there, I will be checking out books on painting with acrylics. I still have a few fun ideas for my Winter/Christmas themed round robin coming up in July.
I do hope I find more time to work on this more later today.
Have a great day!