Monday, July 26, 2010

Bonjour, Mon Amis!

Last week I finally finished this little canvas of the French hotel.

After doing all the architectural elements, I was able to get to stitch the fun dimensional stuff --the flowers! Here's a close-up of my flower boxes:

I stitched the foliage with variegated greens; first the dark to medium greens, then a lighter green on top.... all in very haphazard lazy daisy stitches going every which way.

Then I added the flowers on top, using two pink Ribbon Floss colors. I made large french knots (three wraps around the needle) so the flowers would be big and floppy. For the flowers above the hotel sign, I added smaller french knots (only one wrap around the needle) in pale yellow Ribbon Floss. The canvas actually only had greenery above the sign, but I decided to add a little bit of soft yellow so there were even MORE flowers on the canvas.

Notice how I made a doornob using gold beads... I really like the look of this polished addition! And if you look carefully on the windows, you can see a few diagonal stitches I placed on top, after I stitched both windows in plain ol' tent stitch. It just looked like a window screen, so I decided to try adding some random slashes of silver thread, to see if it would look more like window reflections - and it does, especially at a slant. (But the metallic is kinda hard to see in the photos.)

So, HURRAH!, a canvas finished and ready to frame, a project crossed of the list ..... and now on to the next project!!


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Very clever touches on this canvas! I like how the bricks in the sidewalk slant various ways, the clever use of metallics in the windows for reflection and of course the darling bead door handle. Kudos to you for another finish of a great canvas!

Diane Perin said...

Ooh la la! Very pretty! If only real flower boxes were that easy to make look so good!

Anne said...

Congratulations on your beautiful Hotel du Parc. Can't wait to see what you do next.

mydelkowapodroz said...

Es ist wunderschön
Du bist eine Künstlerin
Ich werde Deine schöncheiten bewunderen

Front Range Stitcher said...

Nice job and clever door knob treatment! Love the flowers too. I also saw a sampler to die for on another site; it's amazing and I don't know how I could have ever missed it before. It's very beautiful and extremely tempting!