|Mary Lake Thompson/Melissa Shirley Turkey Canvas|
"Thank you for clarifying your idea about putting backward tent stitches randomly with metallic on the red head. I understand now just what you meant.
Jane: Good. Communication is hard!
|Scallop Stitch--Too regular?|
Jane: It does make sense, Nancy. I can see how it might not look good tilted at an angle.
I have thought long and hard about your suggestion on needlepainting the bird. I think I won't for two reasons. The turkey is painted with very short feather portions, unlike the parrot on Mary Corbet's blog page (which is stunning! as are all the other photos on that page). My true reason is that a year ago, I started work on Mary Corbet's introduction to needlepainting. I stitched and stitched and stitched and managed to get one petal done! I am the slowest needlepainter there is! Needlepainting is lovely, but I think I'd be forever working on a piece this big.
Jane: This is your choice, Nancy. A lot of folks don't like needle painting. Besides, what I would do with a canvas certainly isn't the only way to go. When you are staring at a canvas without a clue how to start it, sometimes it helps just to hear what someone else would do and know that's not right for your design. Reacting to something is often easier than coming up with a plan from scratch. The real reason for our dialogue is to get you thinking about what will work for you. Part of the process is for you to say both "Great idea" and "NO!" when I make suggestions.
|Various Metallic Thread Sizes|
I think one of these two 'topstitch on basketweave' stitches will make up the bulk of the body.
The basketweave in both cases was done in Impressions, two strands. I like the Impressions since it will let me adjust the color by using two different colors in the needle as I move from say, red orange to orange.
Jane: Personally I love Impressions color range and feel. I find it wonderful to stitch with. It does beautiful and even tent stitches on 18 count. (Note: Nancy's turkey is painted on 13 count canvas.)
|Varying Number of Plies for Leaf Stitches|
Jane: That will allow some of the paint to show but if you lay the stitches, they'll be smoother and will cover more.
As I look at the downward pointing feathers in orange and brown behind the turkey's foot, I'm thinking Gobelin? Do you see any better options there?
Jane: I would use straight vertical satin stitches for the wing feathers. That way you can pad the largest feathers if you like. Whichever way you decide to go, you'll have the outlines to deal with. Can you use the backstitching and/or the Tie Down Stitch to outline the feathers best using satin stitches or Gobelin?
I haven't tried putting the Ray stitches over the top of the basketweave yet, but I'm really intrigued by that thought. In my mind it looks terrific.
Jane: I think it might look terrific, too. That'll give you three different types of top stitching on top of your basketweave, which will enable you to create different looks for the different sizes of feathers. I want to warn you that the metallics may snag your Impressions when you start stitching through the Impressions for the top stitches. It is possible that running the metallic thread over something like beeswax or a thread conditioner like Thread Heaven may help.
Also, you may find one weight of metallic snags more. I think I'd try using multiple strands of the thinner ones instead of a fat metallic. Experimentation may help you figure out what works best to solve this issue.
I'm getting excited to start work on Tom. I've ordered the rest of the threads I need for the border and background. It's sure fun having you to move me forward on this canvas. The possibilities just expand with your suggestions. I remain grateful for this opportunity!
Jane: It's been fun for me, too. Doing virtual stitch guides enables me to work on a canvas that I probably never would have picked, which is very interesting and stimulating. Do let us know how things work, ok? There are a lot of fans of this canvas reading Blog.
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