My kids (6,9,12) were deeply engrossed in Mario Cart. I clicked on my sewing machine and thought how simple it would be to hook up my video camera for you to see. I didn't. There were two solid hours of laughing and screaming and play by play at the top of their lungs just feet away from where I was and I didn't want to put you through that. I will make a video this fall - promise!
I had a moment of jealousy, absolutely sure that Anna Maria Horner MUST have a housekeeper, a groundskeeper, a cook and a nanny or two. sigh. There's just no way. (ps- I think she rocks.)
As it turns out, coloring in a photo with thread took no time at all. I was done Pippin in less than 2 hours (uninterrupted!). It was super-simple and took only 6 colors of thread. Trust me, my landscapes done by sight take way, WAY longer. My point is - basic thread painting is not difficult. Birds are a terrific subject because their feathers are all laid out for you to stitch. It's super simple. Check it out. First, in no apparent order - bright yellow.
|first the yellow - in shiny rayon (Wonderfil)|
I'm kicking myself for not turning on my video camera. Next... a brassy colored rayon.
|brass colored rayon added next|
Then I added a matt grey cotton, and some white/offwhite too. Again... it took minutes. By the way, I'm sewing on stabilized stabilizer because I dislike working with hoops.
|My Sweet Canary - Pippin all stitched in.|
I finished his little foot. I stitched in the perch with some variegated brick & brown colors. I highlighted it with white. I changed the perch to hide the fact that it's covered in poop. lol I did some decorative stitching to help fill up the back. I wanted to minimize the fact that there are bars behind him. I like it - it's kind of festive. This bird took under an hour. The decorative stitching took about the same amount of time.
|Pippin 8x10 - all done! Click photo to see it larger.|
THIS is my favorite part. I love the details. : )
Thank you Mario Cart. Now off to cook, clean, wash, water, & feed everyone, and hopefully throw in a family bike ride too. : ) Linking to TN&TN.