Rethinking Embroidery #4- Blue Trees!

Now that the rooftop garden is growing nicely, its time for more landscaping.

Planting trees is beneficial for the environment and a way to add more color and texture to your landscape. So this next step calls for, you guessed it, blue trees.

I love a blue tree! And fitting blue trees snuggly between the green bullion knot trees, adds even more zip to the tree line. The blue trees are stitched with a variegated size 12 thread called Degas Blue. Using a Stem Stitch, the tree’s center is embroidered first. Then the centerline is surrounded by French Knots. It’s the variegation of the thread that makes an attractive blue tree. Thank you Degas Blue!

Rethinking Embroidery #3

Does my house look a little drab to you?

I mean, it could be any house on the block! So ordinary and plain.

Time to add some pizazz!

I’ve always wanted a rooftop garden. However, climbing a ladder to water the plants at my age is not a pretty sight. So stitching a garden on the rooftop saves my dignity and your eyesight.

Rooftop garden plants are stitched with those same variegated size 12 threads: Lime Frappe and Lettuce used for the grass. Next, Lazy Daisy stitches make the leaves, and French Knot flowers (using a Size 12 Wisteria) dot the roofline. Later, I fill in the Lazy Daisy loop with a straight stitch and Red Hots thread.

As for the tree growing out of the chimney, I can’t explain it.

Rethinking Embroidery #2

Ever build a house? I’m no architect, but I do know you want siding on your home. Otherwise, it will be very drafty.

My next adventure in rethinking this step-out from the Yellow House project in Joyful Stitching is to finish the house.

Landscaping around the house is necessary too. (Please note that my hands never touch a shovel, and my back thanks me.) But there is some heavy lifting to complete the landscaping. Filling in the area with long and short stitches for the grassy area takes time. The good news is that I’m using a variegated size 12 thread called Lime Frappe, so I don’t have to change thread colors as I stitch.

And those trees along the horizon line? Sets of bullion knots using a size 12 Lettuce, only mildly variegated. Don’t you love how the trees pop off the background fabric? I should have been an arborist!