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I have finished all the tree trunks and now it it time for the details.  It may seem strange that I have isolated the tree trunks but that is how they stand on the island.   The wind aided by Council spraying has damaged all the under-story and those trunks stand alone as you look out on the water.

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There are a huge variety of bark on the trees and the colours and shape are a study on their own. At different times of day the birds fly in flocks across the sky, but not when the eagles are hunting.

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I have used different stitches on each of these trunks.  From left of right.

different varieties of chain stitch, flattened fly stitch, eastern stitch, alternate stem stitch and a combination of cretan and straight stitch.  In some I have used the same stitch but also used a variety of thicknesses of thread.

The birds in the sky are fly stitch using one strand of DMC. The vine on the tree is a combination of chain and straight stitch and I used 2 stands of Anchor varigated stranded cotton.  I drew my inspiration from this tree and vine.

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And the trunk stitched in eastern stitch from this tree.

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Now that I am up to the detail I keep walking out the front of the house to look closely at the scene.  I can see boats out there one the water.  I think I will have to find a way to include a couple of those.

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You certainly have found the right stitches to illustrate the bark, vine and birds. Great work, Carolyn.

Carolyn Foley

Now that I am up to the detail the problem is what to leave out.


I like the look of this. It's coming together well!

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