Sunday, 12 March 2017
Rabbit ,Owl and French Knots
So next French Knots for the blue berries . . .I,m o.k. with the French Knot , but had to try very hard to get nice round berries .
That yellow sunflower...it is not clear at all what colour the centre should be . The instructions say F2 which means French Knot in shade 2 but does not give the colour number. By looking at the colour photo of the finished project on the kit packet , it looks like the same colour as the dark stripes of the furry caterpillar... I'm still thinking about that , I,ll come back to it later on .
The instructions say that the Squirrel is to be worked in grey and the Rabbit and Owl are to be worked in shades of earth brown .....however ..the Owl and Rabbit do look grey on the kit packet picture . Husband thought grey, we even tried to think about the wild rabbits out in our meadow ....they are browny grey ...goodness..I spent too long thinking about this and decided to do as the kit instructions said .....
"Rabbit is to be worked in Long and Short Stitches of earth brown" ...mine looks a bit different to the kit picture , because I got carried away trying to stitch in the natural direction of the rabbit fur ..and then there was a little bit more of the dreaded Tufted Stitch for his tail .
While I,m here, see that little flower ,the one bunny is about to nibble ..it looks as if every single petal is a different shade of rose pink ! ..o.k. ..leave that one for another day !
Owl . Earth brown Owl . How funny to do an Owl in French Knots . He is a very rare "Woolly Brown Owl" .
I,ve certainly had some practice doing French Knots here ! Tell me ? They're not looking too bad are they ?
The Owl's eyes are grey Satin stitch with an earth brown French Knot in the centre .
The colours in this vintage kit are beautifully mellow .
I allowed myself to personalize it where the instructions were not clear . The only really naughty thing I did was to change the Owl's beak to yellow ! ... oh..and I worked the beak in two little Bullion Stitches ... On the kit picture it looks to have been just simply stitched with dark grey.
It does not give any colour nor stitch instructions for stitching the Owl's beak on the " Directions for Embroidery #00078 " list ....I like to think that Elsa Williams just knew we'd all want to do that beak yellow !
I think I can allow myself to do all the pretty Rose pink flowers next .
Well after four days of drifting fog here on the Lizard , Cornwall , it looks as if the sun is trying to come out ..so I,m off to take the dog for a walk and maybe a little gardening this afternoon . Wishing you a lovely day x