Melitastitches4fun's Blog

Cloudy Sky Over the Poppy Field
March 11, 2011, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Poppy Field

I’m really happy with my sky even though Monet’s palette had more yellow in the clouds than these. When I selected the overdyed thread, Crescent Colours Frosty (120485),  it really looked blue & yellow. But, when it separated to fewer threads, the colors diffused.

I had used thread blending and thread shading techniques before but after seeing how Lois Kershner combined thread blending with thread shading (as described in ‘Landscapes: Design & Stitching Techniques’) for her ‘Pajaro Dunes’, I knew I’d found my sky. I removed the few rows of Irregular Running as Giant Parisian variation in favor of the Horizontal Brick Stitch. The technique for thread shading works with most stitches but not with the running type of stitch.

I subdivided the portions of the sky into 6 levels of color in the sky. One skein had slightly darker blue portions (skein #1) than the other (skein #2). So, I cut out the portions that were dark blue from skein #1, light blue from skein #2, and light yellow from either skein.

Section 1 – 3 threads of dark blue

Section 2 – 2 threads of dark blue, 1 thread of light blue

Section 3 – 1 thread of dark blue, 2 threads of light blue

Section 4 – 3 threads of light yellow

Section 5 – 2 threads of light yellow, 1 thread of light blue

Section 6 – 2 threads of light blue, 1 thread of light yellow

I had bought 2 skeins of the floss (each 5 yards) – plenty – so I thought! Well, I ended up with just five 6-inch yellow pieces and one 6-inch light blue piece. That was close!!   

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Beautiful and subtle – you did a great job of needle-blending.

Comment by Peggi at Tapestry Fair

Looks Great!! Glad to hear the book was helpful as I think it’s a great reference. Looking forward to seeing the finished canvas. Pat

Comment by Pat Rusch

Thanks Pat – decided to work from the top down – I’ll let you know when significant portions are done.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

Yes, when you start selecting parts of a thread and needle-blending you do sometimes find that more thread gets used up than you thought possible!

Comment by Rachel

You did a beautiful job Melita!

Comment by Debbie

Thanks Debbie! He’s fun to work on.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

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