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Peacock Tapestry

Release date: October, 1992

Stitch count: 280H x 180W
Model stitched on: 25 count mushroom Lugana® from Zweigart®
Model size: 22.5" x 14.5"

Chart: originally hand drawn
Leaflet: not available
Kit: not available
Downloadable chart: available

Design available via PatternsOnLine.com ONLY

©Leisure Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 55595, Little Rock, AR 72215

Description: Amidst an orchard setting, a majestic peacock perches on a pear tree branch, its tail sweeping the tall grass beneath. Careful examination reveals a displaced partridge hiding in the grass (left foreground). The background trees fade into the distance. A tapestry-inspired floral motif border is accented with diamond eyelets, beads, and gold cord.

Background Information: I wanted to do a large tapestry-like piece and a peacock seemed like the perfect challenge. I also wanted to evoke the feeling of a hazy, late summer day in an orchard of old gnarled fruit trees. The partridge was an after-thought... sort of a surprise for the stitcher. Quite a bit of peacock research went into this piece: photographs, other artist's works, etc... The tail-feathers were especially important. It's a challenge to keep peacocks from looking like cartoons with their multitude of contrasting colors and fascinating patterns.

Stitching Comments: I would not recommend this piece for beginners. Its size, abundance of quarter stitches, and hand drawn chart make it a real challenge but a true accomplishment for those who persevere.

Specialty Stitches: french knot, diamond eyelet

Important Tips: Large Designs, Organizing Floss, Charting Technique, Miscellaneous Tips

Peacock Tapestry Floss List

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