Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nibbling away

I've started in on the background for the Chocolate canvas. For the look of white chocolate, I'm using DMC cotton floss Ecru in basketweave. The criss-crossing lines of sparkle which create the diamond pattern are provided by Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002.

You'll notice that when I stitch the gold lines running from top right to bottom left, my canvas is positioned upright. For the lines traveling from top left to bottom right, however, I turn the canvas 90 degrees, as I don't want the customary saw-tooth look of stitches in that direction detracting from my central characters.

I've got a lot of painting to do these days, so my stitching time is limited, but I'll continue to plug away at the background before starting in on the dancers themselves.


Possibilities, Etc. said...

It's so great to be allowed to break "the rules" and eliminate that sawtooth! I really like these dancers and look forward to the costumes.

Cool City Stitcher said...

It's lookin' good.. I'm also looking forward to the costumes on this one.

Rachel said...

Good idea to eliminate the sawtooth. It's often not a serious issue, but these designs are so dainty that it could have looked a little odd.