Friday, September 24, 2010

Exploiting the properties of a thread

Just for fun, I decided to try out one more version of a Sailor's Valentine--this time with a bit more of a contemporary feel. As you can see, I've already begun stitching the background .

The center diamond was worked with a solid blue DMC cotton floss, while the outside used DMC Color Variations floss. I generally shy away from a variegated thread, for the simple reason that a certain amount of diagonal streaking is inevitable when stitching in basketweave.

Streaks in a sky certainly wouldn't do as the baskground for a lighthouse, for instance. But here, I'm trying to give the impression of water, with all its subtle shadows and currents. So the variation in color from lighter to darker values actually becomes an element of the design.

So far, so good--now I need to finish stitching the background so I can start embellishing!


Cool City Stitcher said...

Love the colors and shape of this one, too.

Rachel said...

The variegated thread creates a great pattern of ripples for you here. The variegated yarns can be a bit tricky sometimes. It's just a matter of playing with them to get the effect you want!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

In this case the diagonal certainly works! I can hear the waves and ripples in the sea. This is so different in character from the other two - I look forward to the embellishing.