Wednesday, August 25, 2010

An angelic finish


The model for Judy Harper's July guardian angel is finished, and what a fun project it was! One of the things which made it particularly appealing to me was its use of my favorite colors: blue, green and hot pink.

Heading into the home stretch, I gave the little angel a bolero jacket using Vineyard Silk Classic "Celestial"--appropriate for an angel, don't you think? The jacket was trimmed in a gobelin stitch at the front edges and cuffs, and filled in with a framed mosaic stitch. I chose this shade of blue. which matches the darkest blue of the water, to tie the top and bottom of the canvas together.

Last of all, the water lilies themselves! I chose four values of DMC floss--from darkest to lightest, #335, 899, 776 and 818--to shade the petals. I began with the darkest value in the center petals, stitching over the stamens, which I added later on top of the stitching using three plies of DMC floss #743. Using either satin or long stitches, I worked outward with the lighter values of pink floss. The veins of the lightest petals were worked with two plies of the darkest pink on top of the previously-stitched areas.

Hopefully I've come close to achieving the look of Monet's garden at Giverny for this little angel, who will now wing her way back to Judy for finishing.

6 comments:

Cool City Stitcher said...

Wow! She's a beauty! I love her bolero, which is perfect with her dress, and the flowers are gorgeous.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

She's gorgeous with your stitching! I knew you could make something beautiful of her - thanks so very much! I hadn't a clue what to do with this drawing.

threadmedley said...

I've really enjoyed watching the journey on this one. Thank you for sharing your techniques with us as you stitched this piece. Kudos to you and to Judy Harper for designing and painting this truly beautiful angel.

LIZ said...

I love the bolero! It is just perfect. And the flowers just jump off the screen! Good job!

Front Range Stitcher said...

Beautiful job all around. The unexpected addition of the bolero jacket is fabulous in the Vineyard Silks. You two are a great team!

Rachel said...

Certainly reminds me of Giverny - well done!