Monday, December 7, 2009
All but the hay
All three gifts are finally stitched, and the star has re-appeared in the sky!
Frankincense was a multi-step process, using Kreinik #12 tapestry braid in #001 and #025.
The top of the vessel was worked in a satin stitch and the neck was stitched in braided knitting. For the body, I stitched a framework with the gray metallic and inserted silver cross stitches. I then added another row of braided knitting and finally a row of slanted gobelin stitches over two threads.
Myrrh was also stitched in two shades of Kreinik #12 tapestry braid: #221 (copper) and #2122 (curry). The rim and base were worked in gobelin stitch over two threads, while the neck was worked in satin stitch. The body was stitched in basketweave with the curry metallic. The motif was centered by a Leviathan stitch variation over three threads, with half Scotch stitches at its four corners--all in the copper metallic.
The star was worked over the Petite Very Velvet sky with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #202HL.
All that remains now is for me to stitch the hay back in, and I'm done!