Thursday, December 30, 2010

One dilemma solved

I figured out the solution to one problem: making the background of the Waltz of the Flowers canvas twinkle without being sickeningly sweet. Instead of using a pink metallic thread, for which the canvas was originally painted, I chose Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #201--a combination of gold and silver, which sparkles nicely in the pale green background without detracting from the dancers themselves.

With the top part of the background done, I moved on to the dancers' hair, worked in satin stitch with three different shades of brown Burmilana. Then I added the leaves in their hair with DMC floss #501.

The flowers in their hair will have to wait until I've chosen the thread for the "petal" part of their costumes so I can pick just the right shade of pink. The petal thread has been added to the "stem" thread on my shopping list for my trip to my LNS!


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Lovely! I adore pinks myself but I can see one can have too much pink. Sometimes. LOL

This is my favorite of the series. I just love the little girls all dancing in a row!

Cool City Stitcher said...

I agree.. truly lovely! It reminds me of delicate porcelain. Your colors are beautiful.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

They are charming!! I can hear the music, as always, when looking at them.

Rachel said...

Very glad to see a suitable solution to the background challenge - it works beautifully!