Ok, maybe they aren’t supposed to be scales. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be feathers.
But I made what I think is a bad choice when embroidering the feathers on the hummingbird chest.
I liked the initial colors and stitches I showed you last week, but then I got carried away with the emerald green. Instead of feathers, I ended up with scales.
This is the result up close. I used fly stitch to embroider an out lie around the scales…errrr…feathers on the chest, in emerald green around the greeny-blues, and in dark purple around the purples.
Up close, I don’t really like it.
From different angles, I don’t really like it.
It looks like the poor fellow’s wearing a bubble jacket.
From far away, it isn’t as bad – I don’t dislike it as much – but only if I squint.
And if you have to squint in order to like something just a little bit, that’s a bad sign.
The most obvious problem: the emerald green is too dark, and the outlines, instead of providing just a hint of depth, become pronounced edges. They look sharp and hard, especially in relation to that very smooth head floating above.
You know, I don’t mind the dark on the purple part so much – the purple part of the chest seems to invite a bit of vividness.
But for me, it doesn’t work with the green.
My plan is to try a more moderate shade of the colors used in that area instead. I also want a bit of texture in there – something to help individualize the feathers a bit without the obvious dark outlining.
I’ll embroider the little band on the neck next, though, just to double-check my impressions before picking out the dark green outlines. We’ll see what happens!
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If you’d like to follow along with the Secret Garden Hummingbirds project, you can find all the articles relating to this project arranged in chronological order in the Secret Garden Project Index.