Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stitching the Sunflower State

Of the three postcards designed by Denise DeRusha that I'm stitching for my son, I think Kansas may be my favorite! The Connecticut and Texas postcards have arched banners, whereas Kansas has a swirling one which I find very graceful. And the little sunflower peeping over the top of the banner is charming!

While stitching on the other two postcards was fairly straight-forward, Kansas poses a few challenges: I have never stitched a tornado before! I also need to decide how to stitch the lower background in the center, incorporating some of the shading that's painted on the canvas while compensating around the shafts of wheat in the lower left corner.

So I began stitching this canvas as I did the other two: beginning with the banner in navy Petite Very Velvet and a framework of slanted gobelin stitches over two threads, filled with a diagonal mosaic stitch. I lightened the letters on the banner a little, using DMC floss #402, the darkest shade of peach that I'd used for the background of the Texas postcard.

A good start! But I'm back in "paint-by-day, stitch-by-night" mode, so it may be a while before I actually have to deal with that tornado!


Possibilities, Etc. said...

I like this one too! It has character, and I'm sure you'll do fine with the tornado - I look forward to another learning experience - also with the wheat. Are those little sheep in the corners?

Kareen said...

Oh I love the tornado! How cute is this one?! I think this one is my favorite too...although I am partial to Texas...but then again I am a Texas, so it's natural to have a bias. I can't wait to see the border done on this one. It's lookin' great.

Anne Stradal said...

In the bottom corners are ornate box turtles, the official reptile of Kansas!

threadmedley said...

I'm fascinated by the elements for each state that the designer has included in each design. And you add some of the history to each one as well. We learn a lot and not just about needlepoint. Looking forward to the sunflowers.