Gosh - I didn't realise how long it's been between blog posts. Doesn't time fly when you're piddling about doing nothing?
All I seem to want to do at the moment is sleep. When I'm awake, all I can think about is going back to bed. I've even fallen asleep on the sofa a couple of times, which isn't like me at all. Wouldn't mind so much if I looked better for it....... so much for beauty sleep!
In between my slumbering, I have at least managed to make something in the last week. I've been doodling away in threads to make this cute piece of art. I started off by sketching a dog outline in pencil onto slubby cotton, and then working it in back stitch using a black Perle 12 thread. I've added a bit of interest using running stitch, and filled in the eyes with a satin stitch.
Once I'd finished the dog itself, I was at a bit of a loss what to do next. I decided to add a little colour using three threads which complimented each other. A sage green, dove grey and duck egg blue - again using Perle 12 thread. The three rows of running stitch around the outline certainly seem to lift the picture a little, and give it a modern touch.
I've mounted the finished stitchery onto a deep frame, and finished the picture by adding three coats of Mod Podge. This gives the picture durability and a better resistance to dust (much needed in my home). It's also added a little texture which doesn't show up in the photographs. I have lightly stippled the dog itself, which gives an impression of fur, whilst the outline has been slightly swirled with the brush to follow the curves made by the stitching.
I still haven't thought of a name for this little chap.......... lol .........says me.... convinced it's a boy! I was thinking of Wilbur, but I'm not sure it suits him. He looks more of a Bruce to me. What do you think?
I'm in two minds whether to keep him or put him up for sale in my Folksy shop. I'm not really sure if he's saleable or not. Whilst I'm deciding, he can keep me company on the wall in my sewing room. In a few days he should have a friend to join him, as I've already drawn the outline for another doggie embroidery - this time a Scottie.