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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Yes, some more Chicken Scratch

Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
I did this piece a couple of weeks ago for a friend who's birthday is today! My intention was to make it look masculine so I did the reverse on purpose using black perle cotton and going around the black squares instead of doing white on white.

Because I was trying to make it look manly, I added the blue ribbon flowers and suddenly, it didn't look manly at all but rather funeralish! Ok, so what I could do to make it happier?

Well, I first added the pink french knots done with some #3 Perle Cotton that I hand dyed myself. That gave it some life. Then I added the leaves and the little grey flowers but it still needed something. So, I added the white beads to the Chicken Scratch part and then it looked like polka dots and I was finally happy with it!

Of course, now it doesn't look manly at all but it's kind of cool looking. And thankfully, my friend Chris likes whatever I send him and doesn't care that it has my feminine touches to it.

Speaking of Chicken Scratch, you must visit Linda at Chloe's Place to see what she's doing with Chicken Scratch and Crazy Quilting! Wow!


Lelia said...

This is interesting. What size are the gingham squares you are stitching on? I think I have a chicken scratch pattern booklet in my stash & I never tried it because I wasn't sure what size the squares should be. Good job! I may have to unearth my book and seek out more perle cotton .... or tatting thread ; )

Pam Kellogg said...

Hi Lelia, the gingham I used for this is the small one, 8 count gingham or 1/8th inch squares. Chicken Scratch is really fun to do! One of these days, I'm going to try it on the 1/4 inch squares!

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