Stitching while visiting with family is such a nice way to pass the time. There is always so much news to catch up on but my fingers just itch to be holding a needle. Fortunately. my stand is portable and, if the work doesn’t require too much concentration, I can listen and stitch at the same time.
Outlining the tail feathers of the Phoenix with stem stitch was perfect to work on while I caught up on the news from home.
The colors for each feather had been planned so all I had to do was stitch the borders in stem stitch. The feathers change color so the stem stitch outline changed color as well. When the stem stitch was finished, I could then fill in the feather shapes using long and short shading. Beginning from the bottom of the each feather, I stitched quite long stitches, angling them slightly towards the middle of each feather shape.
On one feather, I had time to add the second color. I continued to stitch upwards filling in the shape as before and when all the second color was in, I then put in a few very, very long stitches into the first, lower color to look like the feathers were layered.
At the end of the long, curly feathers, I used stem stitch for the very end. It’s a great stitch for curved lines. And now…back to family and stitching! Hope you’re having a wonderful, relaxing post Christmas weekend!