Wednesday, August 26, 2009
As I was marking out the jacquard pattern on the canvas for the "Judy/Anne" collaboration, DH happened to walk by. He watched me for several seconds, then casually remarked, "Do you really need to do that?" "No," I replied, "as long as you don't mind listening to me swear a lot!"
Marking the canvas proved to be extremely helpful, given the irregular outline of Judy Harper's seahorse in particular. When I actually started to stitch the background, compensating around the seahorse was a piece of cake!
Now for the threads I used! Maybe I should change the name of my blog to The Frugal Stitcher, because what I've essentially created is the most inexpensive overdye imaginable. I combined two plies of DMC floss #3848 (left) and two plies of DMC #518 (right) to produce an entirely different color that's not exactly solid but exactly the shade I was aiming for. Not that DMC Corporation doesn't have enough shades of blue--I counted close to 70 on its color card--but I couldn't find just the right single color I had in mind. When using this combination in the section stitched over two threads, it appears lighter; in every other row of "framing" stitches, it appears darker.
And, just to add a little contrast to this blend as well as some sparkle, I stitched the remaining "framing" row with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #006. This blue metallic thread brought out the "blue" in the over-two stitches, but accented the "green" in the framing stitches--neat, huh?
As you can see, I have a lot more water to stitch before thinking about what colors to choose for the fishes themselves!