Detached buttonhole leaves

On Sunday morning, the Trevelyon’s Cap project looked like this. The blue satin stitch flower, the long and short shaded three lobed leaves, the red and gold strawberries, the detached buttonhole stitch flower and little leaves: all of these elements seemed to work pretty well together and I was pleased with them all…except…the paler green, long, narrow leaves.

I kept adding and changing things as I’d stitched them in an effort to improve how they worked with the whole. No matter what I did, they just didn’t seem to fit: was it color, texture, too much going on, not enough?

I asked for your input and the answers I received were helpful as well as insightful.

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Trevelyon’s Cap – slowly, slowly

See the needle in the fabric? It was placed there in frustration. Not because my stitching isn’t good enough (it is) and not because I’d made a mistake (I hadn’t) but because this is taking ab-so-lute-ly f-o-r-e-v-e-r! I stitched a good part of the morning and all afternoon yesterday and all afternoon today. I’m still not finished with the leaves. There’s only the darkest green to put in on 5 and 1/2 leaves. Only.

Does it sound like I’m complaining? I’m not. Really, I’m trying not to. But in order to write about my stitching, I have to accomplish something – more than a little something. And this project isn’t going to be one I can write about very often because it takes so long to get anywhere.

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Four Blue Flowers

It keeps running through my head to the tune of “Three Blind Mice”…

“Four blue flowers, four blue flowers,

Each one took hours, each one took hours,

This week it’s all that I’ve gotten done,

It’s not very much but gosh was it fun,

Do you think the end will ever come?

Four blue flowers.”

They are certainly beautiful shades of blue, aren’t they? They just glow in the light and I imagine they will look even better in candle light when the whole thing is finished – in about a year!

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