Thursday, May 28, 2015

DitG Pink Birdhouse


Here's the second birdhouse stitchery from Leanne Beasley's stitchery quilt, Down in the Garden. Now that it is summer it so nice to be able to take things out and photograph them in the sunshine. What a difference!


Although it is not this obvious in real life, you can see in the photo above that the green Pigma micron pen that I used to mark the stitching lines did run a bit when it was painted over with the pale yellow Tsukineko ink. I have read complaints that the blue Pigma pen tends to run as well. I assumed that there was some chemical in the Tsukineko ink that was to blame, but maybe it is just the blue Pigma ink that is unstable. Anyway, I don't mind it here, I think it adds to the atmosphere a bit.


The flowers are simple chain stitch lazy daisies with long anchoring stitches, and the buds are also short, round detached chain stitches.


I really like the curling vines on these birdhouses. It's a lot of flowers! But I made a push last night so I could get it in just under the wire for WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network. Why? Because this week will be Monika Kinner-Whalen's last week running it, and next week, I have agreed to take over! Yes, another Monica. I am excited, because I have a lot of ideas for it.

Out in the backyard, our young lilac is putting on its best show so far:


And, while I was out there taking photos, this butterfly came to visit:


Lucky shot! Except for the blog name (and resize), the photo is completely unedited. Don't you love that combination of lilac and sky blue?

11 comments:

  1. Love your birdhouse. The colours are all so delicate and spring like. Beautiful.

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  2. Your next block is awesome. Your embroidery work is lovely. Sorry about the pen running. I really couldn't see where it had bled. Summer lilacs are the best!

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  3. Beautiful embroidery! So glad the ink running added to the atmosphere and did not ruin your piece. Gorgeous flowers!

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  4. Wow! Congrats on the "Needle and Thread Network" gig. Looking forward to seeing your ideas and participating.

    Your pink birdhouse is lovely and as to the running ink, impossible to detect. If it's there, it's like it was meant to be, because I just can't see it. Your photos of the lilacs are the perfect segue from the birdhouse.

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm not sure there were any other takers at TN&TN, lol. But I think it will be fun.

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  5. If the ink ran, I sure can't see it. The pink birdhouse is darn cute!

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  6. the bird house is a beauty. My lilac has been glorious too but so far none of the blue sky you have continuously overcast here. All the best with the new venture on WIP

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  7. What a sweet embroidery and beautiful lilac!

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  8. I agree that the slight pen run looks good -and intentional! I also like the vines - your stitches are beautifully even. Another really harmonious piece!

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! It seems like running water is the story around here these days...

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