Rethinking Embroidery #5

The famous blue trees stitched along the horizon line are complete.

What’s the next adventure in rethinking this step-out from the Yellow House¬†project in¬†Joyful Stitching? Maybe a pond to dip your toes into?

A refreshing pond is made with curved lines of Stem Stitches using a size 12 Aquamarine thread. Along the bank of the pond, I’ve spent many happy hours creating plants using a variety of stitches and size 8 and 12 threads. Not sure what these plants are called but I sure enjoyed stitching them!

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.