Sunday, March 28, 2010


In an effort to connect with Oklahoma, I decided to join a stitchalong.

The Air Force Base where my husband is currently stationed is named for Clarence Tinker. I started studying him because I was pissed off that we were sent here instead of England and I wanted to know more about the man behind the name. Tinker was actually fairly interesting and admirable. He was the first Native American Major General in the United States Army. You can read more about him here if you like.

I tried to use a variety of stitches in the less detailed parts of the portrait to add texture and interest. My new favorite stitch is the bullion stitch I used for the shirt button.
The blue-gray areas are more bullion stitch. Tutorial here.

In case you can't tell by all of the photographs, I am really proud of this.

After all, I am a sucker for a man in uniform.


CraftyGryphon said...

That's pretty damned cool. You do the niftiest stuff...!

eileen2000 said...

I love the subtle coloration! thanks for the link to the tutorial for the bullion knot. I'll have to try that one, like the way it looks.

spotted dog farm said...

wow, just wow. that is an amazing portrait. i'm in awe of all the detail and the subtle colors. you should be proud!!

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Unknown said...

Very nicely done of General Clarence Tinker. Afraid I don't know anything about these crafts, but came upon your pictures while researching General Tinker. He was a true American hero, giving his life for his country at the Battle of Midway. Even though he was a Major General, he wouldn't ask anything of his men that he wouldn't do himself, and led the attack on Japanese ships personally that cost him his life.
Thanks again,
Mike Douglas