Hearts stitch journal, 26 July 2018

A warm breezy morning with high cirrus warning of the weather to come. It’s due to be our hottest day of the summer today and I’ll be battening down the hatches in a minute to keep it cool on the ground floor. Today I thought I’d stitch something that has rather amused us here – a sunflower, which is not growing in the ground, planted by us, but instead is growing out of the barn wall, about 15ft up, planted by a blue tit. It took me a moment or two to work out how a sunflower could have got up there but I’m guessing it’s from our bird feeder, taken by one of the blue tits that nest in the crumbling mortar of the stonework, and then dropped and forgotten about. And there it sits, hanging on somewhat precariously, but hopefully ready to provide the birds with more food, come fruition. Today’s threads are blue variegated cotton perlé no 5 and six-strand embroidery cottons in brown, green, two shades of orange and two shades of yellow. The stitches are Palestrina stitch for the heart; detached chain and twisted detached chain for the primary petals; straight stitch for the secondary petals; and French knots for the eye of the flower.

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