Saturday, January 9, 2010
Ticking off another project
The tall case clock canvas is finished! All that remained to be stitched were the wallpaper and the top of the clock, which I managed to squeeze in around other chores the end of this week.
The one area that caused me a bit of concern was stitching the brass finials on the top of the clock. I wanted them to stand out from the wallpaper and also try to make the balls in the center look somewhat rounded as they are in the original Simon Willard clock I was adapting. So I grabbed some doodle canvas and the Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #221 to work out the right stitches.
Each finial was stitched in a three-stage process. The spike at the top is a vertical oblong cross stitch. The ball is stitched in a Smyrna cross variation, while the base is a single cross stitch.
I'm really pleased with the way this canvas turned out. It was a bit tricky keeping each element in its proper perspective, but by adjusting the types and weights of threads used, I think I've succeeded!