I posted about this block a few days ago but as it turns out I added a bit more to it. Seems like it is going home to Alice now and I only needed to leave space for two motifs she has ready to add to it. So, I left the yellow and mauve patches for that purpose and finished up the rest. I added a couple of velvet leaves to the white pansy Arlene had made, added the beautiful little butterfly I received from Hideko, built a little spider web and added some pretty purple flower beads and silk leaves in the top corner. I also added three more seam treatments, one of which is totally hidden behind the pansy, lol. The one above the yellow patch is detached chain stitch, french knots, and straight stitches. At the right of the mauve patch I added a feather stitch with some largish beads. Both are done in silk buttonhole. The block is heading home to Alice now.
Chickens have got to be frugal, right? They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter. I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways. When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens. Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them. Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too. The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once. In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf