Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Wild Flowers

I spent lunchtime today in the backyard with Otis and while he did this:

I was busy admiring the wild flowers in the "wilder" sections of our property. A lot of them are already fading - it's hard to believe how quickly summer is passing.

I also created a few "wild" flowers of my own. Does anyone have any tips on how to create bullion stitches that don't look like they were stitched by a 5 year old?? I'm a little concerned that the 40 hours or so that it will take me to actually stitch these all over my cute little Saffron cardi will result in an arts and craftsy type disaster rather than the cute, cool cardi I'm going for.

What do you think and BE BRUTALLY HONEST...???
P.S. That's my swatch that I was practising on - I haven't done anything to the actual cardi yet...


Blogger Tanya said...

Otis is the luckiest dog ever to call that his back yard. My dogs are dying from the heat and would love to go for a swim... me too actually.

I like the cardi without the flowers, is that an option? Can't help you with that stitch, I've never heard of it.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

I'm being honest, so do hate me.. they kind of remind me of pill bugs.

4:10 PM  
Blogger opportunityknits said...

Oh my goodness, the Saffron I had seen didn't have these cute flowers and I don't have the Rowan book, so I didn't know it came with these pretty flowers. I like the flowers, but I have a tendency to go over the top with the girly frou frou stuff :) - if you think they're too much all over, how about just one row at the bottom edge of the cardi or one row at armhole level or in a cluster only in the middle of the back piece?

6:11 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Bailey would die of doggy joy if that were her back yard.

Re: the bullion stitch, I've never heard of it either, but they look ok to me, except the one in the top middle of the swatch--were you doing something different there?

7:16 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

The flowers are kind of cute, but if they're going to take 40 hours to do (!), and you're not absolutely positive you love them, it looks perfectly fine 'unflowered' too. :-)

Or you could stagger them, every other row, and skipping a space between each one; that'll cut the number by about half. By the end of that, you'll be a bullion stitch expert! :-)

8:19 PM  
Anonymous janine said...

As bullion stitches go yours don't look too bad at all. I found the trick was to anchor the wraps on the needle down with your thumb while pulling the yarn through. I once did an embroidery that had a huge cherry blossom tree created out of thousands of little pink bullion knots - never again!
If you are not happy with the efect leave them out - after all it's your cardi, wear it how you want to :-)

1:35 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Hmm. I torn on the little flowers. I like them, but I like the cardi how it looks now. Hmmmm.

Your doggy is cute. :)

2:32 PM  
Anonymous kara said...

I like the flowers. I think the suggestion of maybe doing them every other 'diamond' is a good one to explore. I think by only doing them once in a while will create an interesting focal point and not overwhelm the sweater, while still giving it a vintage feel.

However, if you are not 100% in love with them, then you should probably leave them out. Life is too short to spend time on something that is not a '10 out of 10' in your book.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Becky said...

At first glance I liked the flowers and then I read Angela's comment. She's right: They do look a little like pill bugs.

But I do like the idea of flowers. Maybe a tiny lazy daisy stitch instead? That's less pill buggish.

I envy Otis. Dude! If I were over there I'd be wading, too. It's HOT over here.

12:42 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

I like it, but of course I also like pill bugs. Ha! Just kidding. I really do like it, but I am clearly in the minority. I'll just sit over here and tickle my pill bug collection. Doo-dee-doo...

8:43 AM  

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