Heather was (& is) the kind of kid that would go sneaking through the house looking for the Christmas presents that mom would wrap & hide throughout the house. One year she found the coveted Cabbage Patch dolls & had the nerve to hint that what she really wanted was a bald boy doll with a tooth. So mom had to brave the stores again to replace the blond, blue-eyed girl doll with the requisite bald boy.
She also loved to guess her gifts before opening. This was not a problem on her birthday, but at Christmas it was annoying. This was because we are very close in age & mom would buy us the same things but in different colors. So, I had to watch what she was doing so I could open the same gift at the same time (pink & purple hairdryers, Walkmans, dolls).
Anyway... Heather drew the redwork patterns out for me & I am just trying to get them done in time. Here goes...
|Original drawing by Heather Dolton- Acorns|
After adjusting the size of the drawings, I was able to create the patterns. Below I am tracing the pattern out on cotton muslin using a #2 pencil.
|Using pencil to trace the pattern|
|Finished first panel|
|Second panel is started- bird|
Heather chose DMC floss #321, which is a typical redwork color that I always have on hand.
|Tools of the trade|
|Starting panel 3- pine cones|
I've gotten a bit farther on panel 3. I should finish it today. Some of the other panels are not as complex, so they should go a little faster... I'll keep you posted on my progress.
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