Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, intro

by brae  

I know it might not be accurate to have a stitched rug in an old post office, but sometimes you just have to go with what you like. :D This is a design by Sue Bakker, and I think the folksy look is marvelous. She called it Arts & Crafts Wallhanging, but I like Birds on a Branch better. This is from a 1998 issue of International Dolls House News magazine, but I am not sure which month.

I belong to a group that does petit point, but I usually do cross-stitch and French knot work instead. This time, I'm going to try a technique I saw Elga do - French knots by following a chart. She did hers on silk gauze, which I cannot see to stitch for the life of me. She put one knot per each join of the weave, and I will try to do one knot per square on 40 count linen. This has the potential to be the best of both worlds, working from a chart instead of printing on fabric but getting the lovely pile of French knots.

Sue charted the pattern using the same symbols for different parts - such as the X is blue for one area and then the X is pink in another. That was too hard for me to follow, and I had been told the colors were wrong in places. So, I redid the chart in Pattern Maker Pro by HobbyWare (my original review here). I converted the Anchor colors Sue used to all DMC colors since I have only DMC in my stash of floss. I corrected what I thought were errors and chose new colors for some parts. I also recharted the border since my brain prefers symmetrical patterns. :D

While I loved the wide border of the original, it made the rug too large for the space (low ink here in my printer). I've narrowed the border, which means saved needlework time as well.

I have to pick up a few more colors, and then I will do a test to see if French knots will work on the linen. If not, I can still cross-stitch. :]


Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Looking forward to see your progress on this. I like the color changes you have made. I think it will look beautiful. I thought of you earlier today, telepathy must have been working.
07/04/19 @ 18:01
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
It will be lovely!
07/04/19 @ 18:10
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
The rug will be a nice touch. One never knows what might be found in a wee post office serving a wee community.
07/05/19 @ 01:55
Comment from: Deborah [Visitor]
You can have anything you want in your post office, particularly a small town post office from the days of mail wagons. That's a beautiful rug. I'd go crazy doing it all in French knots, but that will give it a wonderful texture. Thanks also for the link and review on the software. I have been charting in Word, and I've been looking for a better way.
07/05/19 @ 05:40
Comment from: Jeanne [Visitor]
I really enjoyed working this chart, especially after a lot of geometric designs -- I hope you do too! It has a rather Pennsylvania-Dutch look to me, so should make the transition to midwestern post office nicely!
07/05/19 @ 13:19
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
This will be so pretty!
07/05/19 @ 21:54
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Beautiful pattern. :)
07/08/19 @ 17:26
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you for the encouragement! :>>
07/11/19 @ 03:18

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