|dede Odgen's Cat Topiary Garden|
In the header photo the cat is almost finished but the dark gray shading is just too dark. I pulled all that out and replaced it with a lighter gray thread. Sometimes what looks good at night when I do most of my stitching doesn't look good the next morning, which was the case here.
The cat is done in needle painting, which is basically a random long and short stitch with outlines in stem and outline stitch. The eyelids are tent stitches. I used two shades of orange Impressions, a cream from Vineyard Silk Classic, and gray Medici wool. Basically, I found similar diameter threads in the right colors from my stash and stitched away!
I plan to go back to the topiaries but I needed a break from them. There are a lot of topiaries in the background and stitching them is tedious work, so I hope to alternate finishing them with other parts of the canvas. Stay tuned!
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