Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jumping for joy!


Little Tea, the Chinese dancer, is jumping for joy because he's finally ready for his performance!

Raiding my stash for a thread suitable for his jacket and pants, I could only come up with Silk & Ivory "Red Hot"--the perfect color, with enough loft to make the figure stand out from the background, but a tad tight on 18-count canvas. I would have preferred Trio here, but decided to make do with what I already had. The jacket was worked in a framed mosaic stitch and the pants in Nobuko stitch. The frogs on his jacket were worked in horizontal oblong cross stitches with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002.

For his ballet slippers, I used black Petite Very Velvet. The hair inside his hat was worked in tent stitches, with the long queue stitched in braided knitting.

I'll be going back to Act I of The Nutcracker for the next ornament in the series--one I dreaded designing but which is fast becoming one of my favorites!

4 comments:

Possibilities, Etc. said...

"Tea" is delightful - and so very Chinese, even tho' small.

threadmedley said...

He looks quite excited with his bright red outfit and his dancing abilities! Another perfect finish. This series is moving quickly.

Rachel said...

He looks so exuberant! And on top of that, you have us wondering what you're doing next...

Cool City Stitcher said...

He looks so animated.. a true "action figure." I also like this one a lot!