Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dramatic versus delicate

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you--I've painted another canvas!

I was making great stitching progress on the "Victoria" mini-sock when I received a comment on a previous post from Jan Fitzpatrick ( She'd originally thought I was going to use white Petite Very Velvet for the background, then decided my choice of the black PVV was the way to go.

It was at that point I started to re-think my concept of a "Victorian" Christmas decoration. Not only were there dramatic jewel tones, for which black would be the perfect foil, but also there were delicate ornaments as well with predominantly pastel colors. I decided just for fun to do both, blog-stitching them side by side!

I painted another canvas, this time using pinks and pale greens instead of the burgundy and hunter green. The only change between this design and the first is in the motif for the left and right vertical ribbons: I substituted another filigree design for the holly and berries, which would have required much darker threads.

The background for this mini-sock is also Petite Very Velvet, in a shade Rainbow Gallery calls "taupe" but to me looks like a tea-dyed velvet. The gold metallic thread is the same Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002V I used on the first mini-sock. I've started stitching the lightest shade in the plaid ribbon using DMC cotton floss #712.

I have some catching up to do on the new canvas to reach the point where I left off on the first, and then we can compare them side by side!


Possibilities, Etc. said...

It's very pretty - but a matter of personal preference, I am a "black velvet" person. I love the drama of the back PVV background with the "jewel tones" against it. (my dresses for dances were always black chiffon rather than pink tulle.) LOL

Love to Stitch 99 said...


That will make it so much fun to watch and compare the two of them.

We often wonder what it would look like if we had chosen different colors when we stitch something but very often we just do not want to make the experiment as it would take us too long, but since this is a small project, it is perfect for color experimentation and we will all benefit from it :-)

I am wondering myself which one I will like the best, the darker or lighter one.

Pierrette =^..^=

Anonymous said...

Anne, I'm glad you liked my idea enough to try it out. I'm always stitching small projects in several colors to give people an idea of what happens when you change a color or two. I really like the black one, but I think the lighter one will be even better. Can't wait to see them side by side.

Cyn said...

Hi Anne,

Very pretty!

At first I thought something was wrong with the picture or my monitor! :-)

It's going to be fun to watch you stitch them both.

I actually like them both as they are so very different. Nope, not going to choose as I would want to stitch them both! :-)

Windy Meadow