Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Singing and Cawing

Design - "Keeper of the Bees"
Designer - Ewe & Eye & Friends
Fabric - 32 count Belfast Dirty Linen
Fibers - Anchor & Threadgatherer
Started - 24 April 2005
Completed - 7 August 2005
Framed - July 2010

I thought the simplicity / complexity of the border was most clever.  I liked it so much, that when it came time to have the piece framed, I decided it did not need a mat to provide separation - the border did that just fine.  

This piece tested me a bit - Threadgatherer Silks were used to create the four spiderweb rosettes - some turned out better than others. I came to the conclusion that it looked like nature - each flower a bit different than the others.  Lastly, I was most pleased with the frame.  I felt that the running floral pattern echoed the rambling flowers in the stitch.

Who is singing?

The Black-headed Grosbeaks are still singing up a storm!

They have a truly lovely song.

Flickers and Band-tailed Pigeons can't carry a tune.

This guy though can!

Not a great photo, but it's of a young Western Tanager.0
Another lovely melody.

And you know how Crows roll.

A bunch of squawks and caws.

Monday, June 24, 2024

June Seems to Be About Woodpeckers

Design - "Bee Ye Humble"
Designer - Pine Mountain Designs
Fabric - 32 count Wichelt linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 June 2012
Completed - 7 June 2012

This kit came with a tuck pillow, creating an Instant Finish!  

Besides cross stitch, the design used Satin, Herringbone, and Double Leviathan stitches.

Yep, yet more woodpecker photos!

A young Hairy Woodpecker

See the bright red spot on its head?

And he's back!

A male Acorn Woodpecker - eating suet

Thinking about eating sunflower seed

And lastly, a male Flicker

Suet, suet suet

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Sunday's Hummer

I did not think I was going to get any photos this week.

Just one bird and just three photos.

A female Rufous Hummingbird.

Even just one hummingbird is a gift, right? 

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Saturday's Critters

Here they are - better late than never! 

Yes, this Western Gray Squirrel is devouring hot pepper food products.

I think she is a nursing mother, so I'm cutting her some slack.

Bunny #1

Bunny #2

Barry the Buck

The female fawn

And lastly, a cuter than cute chipmunk.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Corvids and Others


Design - "Busy Bees & Beeskep"
Chart - "Letters Part 1"
Designer - The Cricket Collection
Fabric - 30 count R & R Old Mill Java linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 11 June 2014
Completed - 12 June 2014out...
The two crows are always around.

And the Steller's jays are reliable.

This time of year I see towhees most mornings.

And look!  A chickadee tongue!

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Woodpeckers Part 2

Design - "Bee Strong" (kit) 
Designer - Bent Creek
Fabric -18 count Wichlet Lambwool linen
Fibers - DMC
Started - 21 September 2003
Completed - 20 October 2003 

More woodpeckers!

Male Flicker

And who is this?

It's a young Hairy Woodpecker.

See the bit of red atop the head?

And here's another young one. 

Back to Flickers

A female

And another male.

Flickers are fun!