I don’t know why, but I have really been drawn to bird-related imagery recently. Just before moving house, I started working on this small embroidery, which I charted from an illustration by Jay van Everen (from the book ‘The Laughing Prince’ by Parker Fillmore, c. 1921):
I completed it after the move, and although I’m not entirely happy with the lower left quarter, I can’t imagine re-charting/re-stitching any time soon, so this will suffice, for now! I thought the adaptation worked really well, overall. 🙂
(I will probably release the chart in zine form, at some as yet unspecified future point.)
It’s a long time since I’ve done any embroidery or design thereof, but recently, the urge has started twitching at me, again. My charting program was a sacrifice I made for the greater good when I switched to my new laptop last year (because the new laptop does not have a disc drive, and my charting program was on disc) – but even so, in the last 2 weeks, I have managed to chart 3 different designs using a painstakingly longwinded method I devised using Open Office Draw. It’s almost as painstaking as drawing it out by hand on graph paper, but slightly easier to amend errors & try out alternatives. Anyway, I managed it!
This is the second design that I charted, but the first one that I stitched, as the first charted design is quite complex, and having not stitched anything for so long, I thought I would ease myself in gently! This one is adapted from an illustration by Jay van Everen in a collection of Jugoslav fairy tales by Parker Fillmore (c. 1921). The story is called ‘The Laughing Prince: the story of the boy who could talk nonsense’, and the image is part of a larger illustration featuring different elements from the story (right). I believe this section of the illustration relates to the this part of the story; “the dampness had made the millet grow so well that its tops now reached the sky” – but I may be wrong, so don’t quote me on that! I just loved the weeping willow-esque shapes. And the bird. For some reason I seem to have been drawn to bird imagery more than usual, lately…
Anyway, definitely time to invest in a new charting program (downloadable, this time) and make life a bit easier for myself! But I’ve surprised myself by enjoying the manual process, in the meantime.
I don’t know if I’m legally allowed to post pics of somebody else’s work, but just in case, here are the links to the work of two different designers, both producing stunning charts and kits for graduated blackwork. I haven’t stitched from somebody else’s kit for years, but I will be purchasing from both!
I have been inspired to go back to blackwork embroidery after a long absence. I don’t think I can produce anything as impressive as these, but it’s going to be fun to experiment, too!