Monday, April 27, 2009
A wonderful weekend!
Some weekends are definitely superior to others! Here on the Cape, the weather was glorious, with near-record high temperatures ideal for getting some yardwork done and cleaning out my perennial garden. In the evenings, I had a new canvas to work on. And I have to admit, I haven't worked on anything quite so cheerful since I stitched my own Petunia Penguin!
My current project is the Gingerbread Cuckoo Clock by Gail Hendrix of Squiggee Designs. It's a tiny thing, only a couple of inches tall, but chock-full of detail and brimming with color. Since it's stitch-painted, it's a piece of cake to stitch. I don't remember ever using this much metallic thread per-square-inch before! I'm using Kreinik #12 tapestry braid in #002 and #032, red Petite Very Velvet to give the trim a little dimension, and the rest an assortment of DMC cotton floss.
Despite being a small project, the canvas actually takes a little longer to stitch because of the many color changes throughout. When I'm finished with the main part, I'll add my initials and the year to the base--a nice touch that Gail designed in to let the stitcher personalize the canvas.
I'm painting by day and stitching by night again, so it will take a couple more evenings before this little gem is finished--I'll post another photo then!