Sunday, July 19, 2009
Catch of the day
Slowly but surely, I'm getting to the bottom of the Lobsterman nutcracker canvas!
After finishing the stitching of his slicker with the Silk & Ivory "Big Canary," I added the closures using Kreinik #16 medium braid #002V. This thread has been in my stash for ages, dating back to the days before Kreinik kindly introduced its #12 tapestry braid for those of us for whom #8 fine braid was too thin and #16 medium braid was too fat for 18-count canvas.
I then "went fishing" for a thread for the lobster itself. I needed something to provide contrast to the Silk & Ivory as well as the perle cotton of the life preserver AND was the right shade of red. (No need to remind the kiddies that lobsters in their fresh-from-the-water state are actually an ugly greenish-black and don't achieve the characteristic "lobster red" until they've emerged from a boiling water bath!) I decided on good old DMC cotton floss #817, working each segment of the lobster in a satin stitch. I've had a fair amount of experience dissecting these crustaceans, so I'm familiar with where all the joints are!
I'm on the home stretch now, and should be able to wrap this little fellow up for the finisher in a day or two!