Free-stitch Western Tanager

This is my late-Sat into Sunday creation – an adaptation of a photo of a Western Tanager (many thanks to Mom Wolf for the Birds and Blooms subscription – it has been inspiring). I have been wanting to design and create photo-realistic needlepoint for some time, and this weekend I finally broke through the creative barrier. I am calling this the free-stitch method, as the only patterning I used was an outline on my canvas while looking at the picture to stitch the color. I am really excited as this opens up immense possibilties – especially coupled with Dean’s incredible photography. Do not be surprised if you see some bug needlepoint in the near future. I did not stitch any legs or feet – I read somewhere that in the wildlife art world, the hardest part of a bird to paint are the legs and feet. I get it. The next step is to fill the background with a gorgeous green to really make him pop. More pics when I get that stitched in. Success at last!!!

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2 Responses to “Free-stitch Western Tanager”

  1. Dad Wolf Says:

    Beautiful, beautiful work. I have the solution to the leg problem. Use the same method I used as a kid when i could not draw a horses legs. My horses were always crossing a stream with water up to their belly. Legs became a no brainer for me.

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