Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sock it to me!


One little present is finished for holiday giving--Christmas, that is, not Halloween, despite the colors!

All the lettering on this sock was stitched in basketweave with three different Kreinik metallic braids.  Although it wasn't painted on the canvas, I added a ribbed cuff in Kalem stitch with some vintage DMC Medici wool from my stash.

I hope to squeak in a few more ornaments to give as gifts this year, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A change of pace


A family friend graduated last December from Oklahoma State University, so I decided to commemorate the occasion with a Christmas ornament for this coming holiday.  The design is by Kathy Schenkel, but I plan on adding a couple of little touches to make this mini-sock one-of-a-kind.

I've jump-started this project by stitching the background in basketweave with black Trio so as not to bore blog readers to tears.  But you'll notice that I painted in a date in an open space in the top right-hand corner.

Time to fill in the lettering and footballs!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Another angel finished


This little angel is ready to make the trip to the finisher with her friend Elizabeth!

Her robe was finished in basketweave with DMC floss #3753 and the folds with DMC floss #3752.

I wanted to work the border at the hem differently, but that was not to be since the stylized flowers painted on the canvas refused to be covered with the lighter blue thread.  So  I stuck with the original design, stitching the flowers with DMC floss #931 to match the Petite Very Velvet of the center panel and adding Smyrna cross centers with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #3221.  Finally, I added more Smyrna crosses on top of the Petite Very velvet in the center panel to tie the design elements together.

My goal in stitching this angel was to make her look different from Elizabeth, and by changing some of the design elements, I think I've succeeded!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Making some changes


This little angel is starting to look different from the original design.  The center panel of medallions has disappeared under antique blue Petite Very Velvet worked in basketweave.  The hem of her outfit now falls straight across the bottom, edged in rows of slanted Gobelin stitches with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #3221.  A row of stem stitches in the same metallic thread edges the center panel.

I finished her sleeves, adding a band of DMC floss #931 to match the Petite Very Velvet.  DMC floss #3752 was used to add folds and outline the sleeves.

Almost there--time to finish the robe!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A little face, a hint of color


After filling in the spokes of her halo with DMC floss #3753, I started giving this angel a face.  This, too, was worked in floss in basketweave, with cross stitches for the eyes and mouth.  Her hairdo was created with two strands of dark brown Burmilana in satin and long stitches.

The sleeves of her robe were also worked in basketweave with DMC floss #3753 and edged with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #3221.  I'll fill in the remaining band on the sleeve and fold lines a little later.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Adding some shine


Starting out with the design elements calling for metallic thread, I stitched the outline and spokes of the angel's halo in basketweave and tent stitches with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #3221.

The angel's wings had been painted in three sections, like the previously stitched angel, but I was aiming for a different look.  So I used Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #001 in a Nobuko stitch and covered the wings completely.

So far, so good--now to give this angel a face and hairdo!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Seeing double?


When DH was taking this photo of the next angel I'll be working on, he remarked, "That looks like the one you just finished!"  While the colors might be different, the design elements are similar between the two:  the halo and wings, the bell-shaped skirt, and the center panel of medallions with stylized flowers.

The photo that accompanied this angel kit shows a finished canvas worked in lavender and white, while the skeins of floss included in the kit are blue and pink.  There's obviously more than just one way to stitch this canvas!  I plan on using the basic outline but changing some of the design elements to make this angel entirely different from the other.

I've pulled a pile of threads from my stash to plan my attack, so stay tuned!