It’s Hot so you may as well Enjoy the Sun!

Kit of the Month 2022 August Enjoy the Sun!

When you see this I’ll be at ANG National Seminar in Tucson, enjoying the sun! So I thought you might enjoy sharing in the heat with your own sunny project.

I’m not going to lie – I thought this would be an easy little design. I had the concept I wanted to use at least a couple of months ago. But when it came time to actually design, I had to make 4 attempts. First the design was too complex, especially since I had to line draw the canvases! So I made it a little simpler. Then the sunflower center was a off kilter – especially egregious because I didn’t discover this little boo-boo until I had stitched it. Throw that attempt away, and try again. Then the petals were too big, so I redesigned to make them a little smaller; the larger petals made it look more like a marigold than a sunflower. After I did that, there was too much negative space, so I added the sun. At that point, I decided no more changes and we’ll go with it.

I think I’m happy with how it turned out! Even though it’s well-know that I’m not a fan of yellow, what other color could a sunflower be? So yellow it is, three shades!

The kit includes Presencia floss – 1225 Dark Lemon, 1227 Medium Gold, 1232 Deep Canary, and 8075 Medium Brown. The sunflower’s center is EdMar Co. Boucle’ 120 Chocolate.

Trying to find a thread to use for the bumpy texture of the sunflower’s center was somewhat of a challenge. I didn’t want it to be too complex to stitch, or tedious (I hate tedious). So I was randomly looking through my thread library (really too much to be called a stash at this point), and saw the boucle’. I think it’s perfect! I couched it down following the curve of the sunflower’s center, and it was quick and easy!

I alternated diagonal mosaic stitches for the petals, to give a little definition, and used a darker yellow close to the center and a little color moving out. I didn’t backstich the petals to outline them, but when you stitch you can decide if you want to add that or not.

All in all, I think it turned out pretty well, and capture the essence of what I conceived in my head weeks ago. I hope you like it too!

We completed the project with a sunflower printed fabric, and displayed it on our display stand, green with sun cutouts. A wonderful summer project for inside while you’re escaping the heat, or poolside!

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