The World of Cross Stitching : 2020-08-07

Badger Pair Project : 56 : 56

Badger Pair Project

Badger Pair Project DESIGNED BY CAROL THORNTON Autumn in the forest Take your needle on a woodland adventure with this epic photo-realistic design from Carol Thornton S urrounded by forest mushrooms, golden ferns and gloriously ancient trees, this heartwarmi­ng scene of a pair of badgers foraging in the undergrowt­h could be from any period of history. That’s one of the things that makes woodland so special – these old habitats take us back to a time when most of our land was covered by trees and the bounty of the forest. Badgers, seldom seen in more urban environmen­ts, carry a little bit of the mystery of those times. Carol Thornton’s curious couple are making the most of the quiet to venture out into the sun-dappled foliage. Worked almost entirely in whole cross stitch with very minimal backstitch defining the edges of the Life-like detail Factb Stitching Time Approx. 80 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractional­s, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Intermedia­te badgers’ fur. There are just a few fractional stitches to bring expression­s to the animals’ eyes and French knots to add texture to the foliage plants. This gives the scene a real photoreali­stic quality – though it’s hard to imaging capturing badgers in such an idyllic setting in a photograph. Meet the designer Carol Thornton With its glorious colours, autumn is a real inspiratio­n. After thinking what would be growing in season, I’ve included red fly agaric and golden bracken to frame these two young badgers as they venture between the oaks. www.gathered.how/woxs The World of Cross Stitching 56

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