I started this new project last week. The pattern is called Summer At The Farm and is designed by Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings.
The background is black wool and all the applique pieces are hand dyed wools from her shop.
I'm using Valdani threads for this because they work perfectly with the wool and their variegated colors seem to shine no matter which direction they go.
I use the blanket stitch on the applique pieces and the stem stitch on most of the embroidery. The leaves on the trees are lazy daisy stitches.
The windows on the farm house aren't blanket stitched though because they are just too small. The panes are made using a long stitch across them. The chickens will have some legs and beaks added and one will get a red rooster comb. I'll also add some flowers around the farm house and maybe a door knob done with a satin stitch. There could be a little smoke embroidered coming out of the chimney...maybe. This is only one side/end of the piece. The other side/end will also have a barn and a house but there is a cow somewhere over there and more fence and more trees.
Summer on the farm - what else do you think I need to add? Because every combo needs a little dash of something!