Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sliding into Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, the Nutcracker himself is finished and ready to take on the Rodent Monarch!

His helmet and sash were stitched in basketweave with red Petite Very Velvet. His mustache and beard were worked in French knots with two strands of Burmilana.

I used black Petite Very Velvet for his belt and boots, and all the gold trim on his helmet, uniform and boots were worked with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002. As a final touch, I gave his helmet a plume by working Petite Peluche in tent stitches which I then "roughed up" with the tip of my needle.

Now I've got some holiday baking to do, so I'll be back after Christmas with the next installment of my series based on The Nutcracker ballet. In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!


Cool City Stitcher said...

Beautifully done! He looks very dashing, and I love the tree background.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

The tree looks like a tree!! This is so wonderful - he is dashing and handsome and very well dressed.

Anonymous said...

This is a terrific series! The Nutcracker looks amazing and he's now ready for battle with the Mouse King. That you for sharing your designs with us. Happy holidays to you as well.

Anonymous said...

The tree-like background is beautifully conceived - well done!