Up for air
The Emerson String Quartet


Chooks and more chooks, just a bit of stitching each day.  Very do-able.

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It is all the details that are taking my time.  I have finished all the feet, beaks and eyes in a satin stitch zig zag.  I am leaving the iris of the eyes until they are all finished.  This feature will give each animal their own personality.  The combs and tail feathers, along with the decoration on each choock has been stitched in a blanket stitch, some are in a single stitch some in a double.

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I decided that I would use a 25 count fabric for the Cross Stitch and stitch over 1 thread.  I am only going to use threads that I have to hand and have selected Danish Flower thread to stitch this.

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I don't have enough of any one coloured thread to stitch the whole piece so have started the vine in dark green.  If there is enough of this coloured thread I will go back and stitch the leaves, if not, I will use the lighter green for these.  I have this thread prepared in lengths for stitching.  The thread is at least 20 years old so I took it apart and checked that it was perfect and it was.  (The same can not be said for all old cottons.)

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Stitching over 2 threads would have made the piece too big.  I like this compact version, I just hope the colours of the threads work.

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I am surprised that I can see my work.  I don't even have to use a magnifyer.


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I think the colours will work beautifully!

Carolyn Foley

Thank you.

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