Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A double-photo finish!


Both versions of the "Victoria" mini-sock design are now completed!

To finish the lace cuff on the mini-sock on the left, I added black Petite Very Velvet and Smyrna crosses to the squares made by the grid of DMC #5 perle cotton that I'd already established. Then I stitched the last ribbon motif, using white DMC floss in basketweave for the background, #991 in satin stitch for the holly, and #304 in a cross stitch for the berries. I chose not to use French knots for the berries because, as a model, this little sock will get a lot of wear-and-tear traveling around and single French knots could be too easily snagged.

I finished off the cuff on the right mini-sock and, again, had one more ribbon motif to complete. For the filigree ribbon, I chose DMC floss #819--a very pale pink--in basketweave for the background, Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002V , and Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #032 for the "pearls."

So here we have the same basic design, with two very different color schemes and cuff treatments--I look forward to learning which version YOU like best!

6 comments:

Possibilities, Etc. said...

These are really really fine!! Beautiful - and a wise choice not to use French Knots, as they do snag and fall out easily with a little bit of wear. This sort of thing will enable these little stockings to still be fresh and beautiful 30 years from now. The lace is great!!

Cool City Stitcher said...

Truly beautiful.. I love both of them! But.. I think I'd choose the dark color scheme if I could have only one. It somehow looks more festive to me. They're both works of art.

NCPat said...

I can't choose....the dark green is really christmasy but the lighter green is really victorian to me and so I have to like them both!

Edy said...

Both are very pretty, but I lean towards the darker, more tradional stocking. Not exactly sure why, it just appeals to me more.

Laura said...

Both of these stockings are just cute as can be...I can't decide which I like better - and I really like your thread & stitch selection too. Thanks for showing them off!

threadmedley said...

Just gorgeous! The black is very dramatic, but I would have to choose the lighter version if I had to choose just one. I love pink, even though I can't wear it. Thanks for sharing both of them at the same time. It shows how a change of color can give a very different look.