Good Monday everyone.
I spent today working on my little magic heart.
I stitched the first row using the medium value of tan/gray.
Using stem stitch, I made sure that I formed the letters by always going in the same direction, keeping my thread below my stitching because I was using an S-twist thread (DMC cotton floss), stitching left to right.
Mary Corbet of Needle N' Thread has a great post on tips for stitching outline and stem stitches using S-twist and Z-twist threads. It's worth its weight in gold. Reading that post helps a lot in creating nice, even stitches as you stitch your letters. And, if you're not sure how to tell an S-twist from a Z-twist, she also has a post explaining that. I just love Mary.
Now, onto my second row. Next I added the darkest brown/gray value being careful to stitch in the exact same direction as the row before. It's amazing how the letters start to fill out and the second row complements the first.
Usually when I'm lettering, I'm paying attention to where the light source might be so I get the highlights and shadows correct. This time, I was just trying to make woodsy-shaded letters and I was less-concerned with highlights and lowlights.
The third row filled out the letters nicely with an orange-brown. The pictures are a little off since they were taken under lights due to our gray, rainy November skies...
Lastly, I just added some highlights with the lightest coffee colored thread...
Tonight, I'm re-creating a special plant from my friend's garden. I don't think she reads my blog very much so it shouldn't spoil the surprise.
I'll tell you about how she inspired me tomorrow.
See you then.