Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lesson Two

Finishing all the leaves was the end of Lesson One. Before I tell you what I did today, I again, would like to compliment Luan Callery on an excellently organized and detail stitch guide. It is very easy to follow, diagrams are clear yet detailed. Nice job!

First, I outlined the wing with a single strand of black DMC using the split stitch. Then using the outline stitch, again with one strand of black, did the teardrop in the top of the wing. Then the wing is filled in with a satin stitch, one strand. Next, outline stitch to shape the rest of the lines on the wing. The seed stitch is used to make the specks on the wing with a single strand of white.

Next the body and tail are worked with the split stitch and around the head using the black. Then three strands padded the body and head. Then a single strand of black going in the opposite direction using the satin stitch. Antenna are outline stitches and french knots in a single strand of, you guessed?, black DMC. Lastly the legs are worked using straight stitches. The rest of the butterfly is worked in a later lesson.

You will remember that stumpwork usually requires that all the background design is put in before the dimensional pieces are worked and attached. This does prevent smushing-fancy, technical term-all the wired pieces.


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I love the butterfly. Wonder if he will be a Monarch with orange-yellow inside the blank areas?

I'm enjoying reading about all the background items, the leaves and stems and such. They are in the background but we all know a good background makes or breaks a piece!

Cyn said...

Hi Pat,

Thanks for the picture and detailed explanation! Would you be able to make the picture clickable so that it's easier to see (she asks very nicely here in Windy Meadow)? Since it's all in black it's hard to see.

Windy Meadow