Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blue Birds progress

I got a reasonable amount done on Nicola Jarvis' Blue Birds yesterday. Because the birds are a mirror image of one another, I always complete the same sections on each bird every time I stitch to make sure they are as identical as possible.


The bright yellow bellies and blue striped legs are finished, well apart from the outlines. I was a little concerned at one point that I would not be able to do the fine detail of the pattern justice, but Nicola's direction of working a few of the elements in satin stitch and the rest in stem stitch worked a beautifully. I can't wait to add the finishing touches of sparkling beads!
After hours of using yellow, I was so keen to see how beautiful the aqua tail feathers would look. I got so carried away and kept stitching ignoring the early signs of a sore back. Today I am paying the price for that.


I did have great plans to get my sewing machine out this weekend and finish a few bits and pieces but my back had other ideas. It has refused to let me do anything that requires me to lean forward or sit in a fixed position for any length of time (I did try) so that just didn't happen. I had hoped to have more to show you today, but never mind.... there is always next week.

Happy stitching and don't forget to check your posture...
Anna x

6 comments:

  1. This is already stunning!

    I am fighting the urge to ignore a sore shoulder and press on with the beading that I am enjoying so much. At the moment the beads keeping winning :-)

    I hope your back is better soon.

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    1. Thanks Coral,I am on the mend and hopefully back in action for Blue Bird Friday :-)

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  2. I have had the same problem Anna - for 18 months, upper left hand side exacerbated by too much stitching. I have finally found a combination of yoga, tennis and massage keep it at bay - but so frustrating when you just want to ply your craft and can't !!

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  3. Looks great! I am so envious that you got the birds!

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    1. They are a real treat, I must admit. Are you doing a piece as well?

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