Well I have finally finished my last project for Jessica's course. We had to design our own embroidery and she suggested using a photograph. After a visit to the attic and a lot of dithering I settled on the Kingfisher.
I was sat at the computer one morning, and heard a thump at the french window. When I looked up, there was a Kingfisher sat on the verandah outside. For whatever reason he had flown into the glass and knocked himself silly, so he sat there for a while until the world stopped spinning, then flew away. It was just long enough for me to take this photograph!
So with that decision made, I got out my lovely new light box from it's lovely Gadget Guard and put it to work! I traced him, dividing him into different areas according to colour, directly onto a piece of natural linen using my Frixion Pen (it's heat erasable).
Then I got out my Anchor embroidery floss collection and chose the colours to use. I stuck to stitches Jessica had used and tried to divide him up into areas according to the colours. I started with the White, Black and Brown, then moved onto the blues.
I am sticking to the stitches and their variations that Jessica introduced on the course;
Here he is. I ended up layering the stitches to get the effect I wanted. Some things I tried I ended up unpicking and changing. I'm pleased with the end result, but a bit at a loss as to what I can use him for?
Then I had a message from a Flickr Group, wanting to know if they could add the pictures of my "Embroidery on Knit" neckline to their site. Of course they could! I was flattered, and went to look at the other pictures in the Group. That lead me to their blog "Feeling Stitchy", and there I read about Craftster "hosting another round of its famous Hoopla Along. This month's theme is anything whimsical, nonsense or free range stitching". Which made me look at my Kingfisher in a new light!
So I popped him back in the frame and added a bit more; I adapted a "Fly Fishing Only" sign and printed then traced it on using the light box again. I think it turned out rather well!
It is definitely whimsical. I decided to frame it, unfortunately without taking a picture of it in the hoop, so I don't know if it is actually eligible for the Hoopla Along, but I am happy I found something to do with it!