Monday, August 17, 2009

Adding the sizzle


I've done some more basketweave on the ghosts, enough so that I treated myself to filling in the alternating colors in the jacquard pattern of the background. I'd made some progress with the DMC cotton floss #552 (purple), and started adding the black floss every other line of tent stitches outlining the predominant DMC #946 (orange).

If you look back at my first post with the background painted a solid orange, you can definitely see a difference comparing the two photos. In this case, the choice of stitch, as well as the colors used to execute it, creates a design element of its own. The white of the Kreinik metallic braid used for the ghosts appears whiter and brighter; the tri-colored jacquard stitch grounds the ghosts yet creates an electricity of its own. On another canvas, the background would look ridiculous, but for Halloween, a time when grown people do things they'd never do any other time of the year, it's perfectly acceptable!

4 comments:

NCPat said...

It looks fantastic!

threadmedley said...

Now that's an electric background! Brilliant idea but then I'm not surprised. You're good at finding the perfect stitch for every situation. Your neighbor is going to LOVE this.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

It looks really really fine! I love the "electric" background - you're right! It sizzles. LOL This little piece has lots of personality.

Cool City Stitcher said...

This is so great! I love the background colors and the sparkle of the ghosts. Beautiful stitching, too.