Thank goodness the heat of summer is over and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us.
As promised, I focussed on Miami Heat for the majority of September. I had a couple of wobbles when I started stitching – was it too pixelated and should I stitch the white/cream blends at the edges of the ball? I cogitated on the first conundrum during a long walk, and on my return brought the stitching pattern up on the computer to scale then walked to the other side of the room to see what it would look like when upon on a wall. Whew! It looked good. During a Skype call with my lovely husband, while he was in Florida, I spoke to him about the second and all was back on track without any changes. So, here was where I got to after three weeks and before I turned the material up:
And here is where I finished last night:
You can really see the colour changes moving from orange to red in the top photograph. In the end, I decided I liked the speckles as it recreated the texture of the basketball.
The reason I only did a little bit of work on Miami Heat this week was because Poppy’s parents had decided which names were to go on Owl Family Tree and I spent the week planning and executing:
- First off, it was to see if the names would fit either above their designated owl or look good beside them. I did this by editing a PDF of the finished stitch (a bigger view is here):
- Second came choosing a font. As the names are captioned from Poppy’s viewpoint, I decided on a “learning to write” font, then did a test stitch (Auntie Tim (yes, that’s right) and Auntie Vicks), as they were the ones with the least amount of room vertically and their spacing would dictate the size of the font.
- Finally came the game of getting the rest of the names positioned on the pattern, from which I would then stitch; even then I still had to make minor adjustments as I went. This designing malarky is harder than it looks🙂 . At various points during this process I had to move George and/or Tiggy as they just love to sit on paper for some reason:
Good luck to anyone trying to recreate the pattern from that photograph as the original pattern was so small I had to enlarge it massively to be able to stitch from it.
Anyway, may I present Poppy’s Owl Family Tree with all stitching finished! Now to take it to Assad to be framed:
If you click on Owl Family Tree, you can see the close-up shots of each branch – just scroll to the bottom, then click on one to get a larger view in a carousel format.
Whatever you’re doing this October, I hope you have fun! Happy stitching!