Thursday, 17 November 2011

Doodle Page - Tropical Forest

The first Doodle Page that visited me came from Elizabeth in Australia whose theme was a Tropical Forest.

Some years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit Australia. While staying in Cairns we took the scenic railway to Kuranda Village in the Rainforest. I recall that the train journey was wonderful, with amazing views of the rainforest and some of its waterfalls. During the day we took a guided walk through a part of the forest and were shown some of the unique flora and fauna. For some reason one particular plant had stuck in my mind above the rest – the Strangle Vine. The vine starts innocently enough growing up a tree for support but as it grows it begins to restrict the growth of its support. Eventually the host tree dies and decomposes leaving the vine like a grotesque external skeleton.

Because I was the first guest stitcher to doodle on Elizabeth’s page, I wanted to do something that others could add to or stitch over to give a coherent page. I used #1 Japanese gold thread to stem stitch the outline and add the criss-crossing stems in feather stitch.

At the end of the day we returned to Cairns on the Skyrain that carries you over the canopy for a unique view of the forest and Cairns on the coast far below.

Happy Stitching


Rachel said...

I've heard of the strangle vine, but we've not made it far enough north to see any of the rainforest yet. Something to look forward to!

Marjolein said...

I looked up some pictures of a Strangle Vine, it looks terrible!

Susan Elliott said...

How visionary to use something with a story that will allow everyone else to add to...I'd follow your lead anywhere. xo Susan