If there is a slow and complicated way of doing something you can rely on me to think of it. That must be why it took me a week to create a new blog header which isn’t all that different from the previous one.
Having long admired the gorgeous, felt header created by Lucy at Attic24, I thought I might manage something similar working in cross-stitch.
Hah, I say, and again (with added exclamatory emphasis), Hah! More fool I.
Lucy is a proper artist while I, at best, am an optimistic amateur.
The first step was a design. Small Girl was highly amused as ‘drawing kisses’ is one of her favourite occupations. I didn’t count how many kisses I drew and erased and drew again but it was too many. Very many too many. I must admit that a cloud of creative doubt was gathering at this point.
I took this photo late Sunday evening. You can tell how low the sun was by the lovely golden colour and the shadows. I like this.
I made mistakes. The eagle-eyed may be able to spot how many stitches run in the wrong direction. I can’t so I’m not too bothered. I worked the border anti-clockwise and when I came full circle the two ends didn’t meet. I felt that was a mistake which wouldn’t get past even the least critical observer so, I ripped back and did it again and then, because it still refused to join up, again.
The bun is more of a cherry bun but the sultana version just looked as if it was a mouldy bun (I shall hold that title for my next, perhaps more cynical, blog).
I foraged in the attic for a frame.
while Teenage Son sighed dramatically and took photos.
Just one final thing before I go: When I began writing this post, I was taking a completely different tack. I was thinking about how underwhelmed I am by CGI and special effects. This little guy popped into my head. His name is Morph. Please do look at this clip about Morph and Tony Hart.