I went back to Tolethorpe Hall again last Friday evening to see Macbeth and Shy Bird came too. There wasn’t a massive amount of time for stitching before the performance but I did get a bit more of his head done.
He didn’t enjoy it as much as The Tempest – the witches were seriously creepy and there weren’t as many laughs. However, I thought it was one of the best and most powerful versions of Macbeth I’ve ever seen and the costumes were stunning.
The next day was National Stitch Day and to celebrate, Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild had a beautifully staged little exhibition of crewel work both stitched by members and also samples from one of the Guild Folios of handling pieces in the local library. Several of us came along for all or part of the day to do some stitching and Bird, of course, came too, as did my youngest.
First of all I finished his head. I added yellow and cream highlights over the split stitch as per the original and highlights in his eye to bring it to life.
Then his breast, which was more split stitch in the variegated Needle Necessities that I had used for the yellow highlights on his wing and head.
I’d only used the golden yellow section of the variegation for the wing but using whole lengths, dark brown shading through gold to beige, tied the colouring of his breast into the rest of him, but made it lighter, which is the effect I wanted.
Last of all, his legs. The one behind was stitched in the brown crewel wool I used for his head, tail and wing, and for the one in front I used the lighter sections of the variegated thread. With the detail added over the top in a darker brown and my monogram in the corner, he was finally finished!
It was a lovely relaxed day’s stitching in the library and although we didn’t have many people showing interest, those that did were lovely and we all had a great natter anyway!
The theme set by the main Guild was leaves, so there were leaves to stitch: felt ones for any children who turned up and wanted a go and hooped up shapes on fabric for any adults. My youngest embroidered her own leaf and then after having beaded it, decided she wanted to add an ant, which she stitched freehand. I think he worked out beautifully.
Shy bird thinks he looks delicious…
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