Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Establishing the grid

I always like to start stitching a woven ribbons design by establishing a grid. I began with the background rectangles, using my lightest shade of blue--DMC #5 perle cotton #800--in a Scotch stitch variation.

Next came the three horizontal "filigree" ribbons. I outlined the edges with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #032 in a slanted gobelin stitch over two threads. I filled in the background with basketweave using my darkest shade of blue--DMC cotton floss #799--and added the filigree in tent stitches with the same Kreinik metallic braid.

I've started work on the vertical "diamond" ribbon, using white DMC #5 perle cotton to outline the edges in a slanted gobelin stitch over two threads. I'll work on the background of these ribbons and then begin adding some glitzy silver thread!

1 comment:

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Very pretty!! I like the fact that you're not using metallic all over it - the silver will, indeed, give it bling where you have it painted. Moderation is good. Blue and silver is my favorite Christmas combo.