Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Getting nosey


I got a little carried away since my last post--I was so into my stitching, I didn't stop to take a picture!

Flashback to a couple of days ago, when I visited my LNS for threads for Molly O'Beagle herself. I had Felicity's Garden in the back of my mind as the thread I'd use: just the right weight, and the combination of silk and wool would give her coat a nice sheen. But there weren't enough browns in stock at the time, and Barry, the owner, suggested Burmilana, a wool/acrylic blend. This thread requires two strands on 18-count canvas, which turned out to work to my advantage.

I started stitching with the white Burmilana at the top of her head and worked down past her chin line. I added the nose, mouth and shading, and decided to work on the chest area awhile. I kept stitching, and stitching, and stitching--until the whole chest area was finished. I wanted to try out a little needle-blending on her shoulders, using one strand each of two different browns, so I stitched the shoulders. Then I decided, what the heck!--I might as well finish the shamrocks that overlapped the chest.

Oops! Time and then some to take a picture! I've started outlining Molly's head and will hopefully soon be finished with this canvas!

6 comments:

Cool City Stitcher said...

Now this is a lovely Molly! 'Was wondering how you'd stitch her "coat" and you've made it look realistic! You must have "motorized needles!"

Possibilities, Etc. said...

She's really coming to life now - and this made me smile immediately. Good job, as always.

Edy said...

She is so cute! I'd love to cuddle with her.

Bobbi said...

This is lovely. What aret he dimensions of the canvas? and the stitching area? It is difficult to tell form the pictures.

Rachel said...

She's looking very bright eyed!

Anne Stradal said...

The design area is 5-1/4 inches in diameter. The canvas size is a generous 10 inches square. For more info about Nenah's designs, go to www.nenahsneedleworks.com