Before I get started on my blog, I wanted to say sorry for the delay to those of you who check back for new posts and thanks for the support! My family has had lot to go through in the last months and the blog was low on the priority list but we've gotten back to a good place and back to work!
Until recently I didn't know exactly what goes into stitch guides but I have a huge apprieciation for the designers that create stitch guides for a piece or whole books! Let me tell you that takes time!
I created my feather piece about a year ago. The feather was the first thing I finish, which looking back now I probably should have done the background first. I learn something new or different with every work. When I started the background I wanted it to be single-colored, but I also wanted to create a southwestern feel. So I got inspiration from pottery in my grandparents house. They introduced me to many things and two of those were needlework and Native American pottery. Through trial and error, I created one row at a time that represented the patterns on those beautiful pots. Some of the patterns represent feathers, mountains, snakes, etc. As you can see from the pictures below the process was disjointed in its creation. When I posted the finished needlepoint on social media and got a few requests for a stitch guide. I wasn’t sure how to make one, so I started looking up examples and with the help of Enid from the Yarn Barn in San Antonio I started creating my first stitch guide. I have completed the background guide and I'm in the process of finishing the feather itself! Stay tuned, I should have a complete Feather Stitch Guide very soon.
Cheers and happy stitching!