I really have the best stitching buddies, EVER! I know that they are beyond compare because they put up with my dogged consternation over simple problems at time. In this case, I was doing a lot of hand wringing over what colors the birds should be.
Blue Bird? Cardinal? If Cardinal, should it be the bright red male and/or the gorgeous green/yellow female? Perhaps a Wood Pecker? Robin? Titmouse?
I just love birds. Pretty much all birds. No surprise there, right?
Anyway, my really awesome stitching buddies were of different opinions and although I knew exactly how the shading of the tree or the trunk was worked, I just couldn't decide.
So in the end I came up with a mixed solution.
First up is the Wee Blue Bird:
Topped off with Mr. Finch:
I wish I could say that the exact position happened organically or because of a picture I took, rather, I pulled out the color wheel and said "Ok, blue to the right, red 1/3 of the way over, and yellow at the top".
During the stitching, I was updating to Facebook and began calling all the birdies "Wee" because they are actually quiet tiny. Each bird received a eye worked with a Japanese Knot in black.
One last note, I have discovered this really cool iPhone app called Instagram that you may enjoy. Its really easy to pull a picture in and give it a neat look or frame. It links with Twitter and Facebook. Really good stuff.
Next up: Final challenges