Perhaps you've seen the video of the wild turquoise-fronted Amazon parrot in Brazil taking a peak and video-bombing a traffic camera this week? The bird seems to want to know what's going on behind that camera lens!
Not surprisingly, I have a really strange feeling that I'm being watched all the time with a similar sense of curiosity.
Even more so in the past several months. When I say 'several months' it might even be over a years worth of several months, but who's counting.
I've been working on this Rainforest Beautiful stitch chart from the Vickery Collection, below, for quite some time now. I really should start some sort of stitchy diary so I can actually account for when these things get started - and when they are completed. (As I finished typing this sentence, I pulled out a fresh notebook - I'll start today with a 'bullet-journal' style project book so I can track these projects!)
Anyway, that means that over time, three more birdy-eyes have been giving me the stare-down as I stitch.
This chart, which features three colorful, whimsical parrot-like birds (one is actually more of a toucan) isn't what I'd consider a beginner pattern. There are lots of color changes and dense patterns that emerge within each section.
This is the bottom half of the chart just after I placed the last few stitches.
And this is the top part. . .
Notice that I've added a border to the chart. The border isn't part of the original design, well, not, technically, anyway.
Here's a closer look at the border.
As you can see, I still have quite a lot left to fill in before adding back-stitching. Then I will need to move the canvas at least twice more in the frame to complete the entire border around the piece.
I say that the border isn't technically part of the chart, but as you can see, I've borrowed the border pattern concept from one of the elements on a bird's breast (red arrow).
I have to admit, this is a really ambitious addition to the pattern, but I'm kinda hooked on the Stitchery Crossover technique. And I can't pick up any of my stitchy projects with out 'going there.'
This is one of those projects I'm doing just for me, and in particular just for the challenge. There was a fair amount of math needed to put the border in just the right spot. And a leap of faith when I finally placed the first border stitch. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that everything matches up as it should when (if?) the borders meet.
This journey into the Stitchery Crossover world started for me with an idea, then a stitch, then some testing, and more ideas just started to flow.
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Today is the last day for the introductory opportunity to save $10 with the lite kit and Piazza course purchase. If you haven't already considered it, perhaps, today is the day!