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!