17 May 2010

Apple Blossoms & Bluebirds

I have been in a stitching mood the past few days! Since I finished the stitching on Gentle Blue Dreams, I've been working on Rita's Encrusted Block. She asked for a Spring theme with birds, bunnies and flowers, which is one of my favorites! I knew right away when I looked at her blocks that I wanted to focus on Apple Blossoms, as they are one of my very favorite things about spring. After doing the tree, I stitched a close up view of an apple tree in blossom and a Bluebird sitting on the limb. Using Gerry's technique of embroidering on felt and adding it later helps to give it great dimension!

In a container of metal charms, I found a lovely little brass bird, which I colored with alcohol inks to make another bluebird. I did the same with a silver butterfly charm. I added a bone bead bunny as well as a bunny button. The shank on the button was far too long, so I cut it off, glued a piece of felt to the back and after it was dry, stitched the button down through the felt.

Rita's Encrusted Block ~ WIP
I've still got one corner to go, which I think will be filled with silk ribbon daisies and maybe a few clovers.

12 comments:

Laurie said...

Rita is going to be so thrilled to get this piece! It's stunning!

FredaB said...

This is turning into a gorgeous block. Love the apple blossom tree and the idea of the open blossoms and the blue bird. I must try doing something on felt. I am sure I will be a convert.

Hugs

FredaB

Cheryl said...

You've really captured the feeling of spring...Bravo!

Gerry Krueger said...

This is so lovely and the idea of using the tree AND a close up of a branch is inspired.... I just used the same bunny button on your block and did the same thing with the shank.... Gerry K.

Rosali said...

The work is very nice. El trabajo es muy bonito.

Tatkis said...

It looks like the most perfect stitched spring picture for me!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Judy S. said...

So pretty, Lisa. I especially like the tree and the little stitched bluebird. I hope you'll show the whole block when you've finished the field of daisies.....

Rachel said...

Absolutely enchanting! I love the bluebirds!

Anonymous said...

What a great surprise when I checked in and saw this great spring scene. It is as gray as Michigan can get today and your work is so bright and cheerful, it made my day. I have to go back now and examine all your detail that is so exquisite! Mary

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Your apple blossoms are exquisite!
Hugs,
Kerry

Sandie's Patch said...

The apple blossom is lovely,you can almost smell it!
I took the dog for a walk on Monday afternoon, it was lovely and sunny, bringing out the perfume of the apple blossom in the old orchard...Bliss!

Sandie xx

CarolynPhi said...

Your work is just beautiful; so delicate!!!

Carolyn

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