Originally posted 2008-10-14 07:01:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
The canvas above is my current project, American Game Cockerel by Kelly Clark Needlepoint.
Most if the time the canvas is chosen first then the stitches. But this is one where I had the idea first and sought a canvas to fit it. I woke up one morning with an idea for how to stitch a rooster. What threads and stitches would convey the glorious tail (not stitched yet), the short furry feathers, the pebbly skin of the wattle and comb and even the velvet for the feet and beak.
To be fair, I had already seen pictures of the roosters a little while back on Kelly’s site, but they weren’t what I was thinking about — it could have been any rooster to stitch in needlepoint.
I’m so happy that he is coming out exactly how I had imagined. So what’s here? The beak and feet use Very Velvet, and the comb and wattle use Neon Rays in a stitch with a pebbly texture (Pebbly Perle would work here as well). But I’m really proud of his golden feathers. They are stitched in Continental using five colors of Fuzzy Stuff. The trick is that it’s really hard to fit Fuzzy Stuff in between other stitches, so you need to use five needles, one for each thread, start them all and go stitch by stitch.
It’s really easy to get the threads tangled and it goes slowly at first. It took me most of one evening to do about a third, but I finished the rest up in a less than an evening. I just love how it’s speckled and multi-colored and furry all at once and that such a simple stitch gave such a dramatic result.
After I’m done with the teal border, I’ll be working on the tail. It’s going to be done in long Gobelin Stitches using five or six different silk ribbons. I saw it in my mind’s eye — now I’ll see it on canvas.
The guide for the canvas will be available from Kelly Clark Needlepoint later in the year.