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 (www.threadmedley.wordpress.com). 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!