Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A sugary finish


I wanted the Sugar Plum Fairy's tutu to look "frothy," and when I visited my LNS , I found a Petite Sparkle Rays which exactly matched the bodice color--Vineyard Silk Classic "Provence." But what stitch to use?

After much experimentation on doodle canvas, I came up with a simple cross stitch over two threads. This seemed to provide the bouncy, airy look I was aiming for. And because the stitch was over two threads, it displayed more of the "sparkle" inherent in the thread.

Then it was time for the flowers, which I began working in tent stitches of DMC floss #561 for the leaves. The masses of flowers in her hair and trimming the tutu were stitched in French knots with DMC floss #3688, a value of pink a shade darker than that used for the background.

With her ballet slippers added in satin stitch using DMC floss #818, the little Sugar Plum Fairy is ready for her solo!

8 comments:

Cool City Stitcher said...

I love the colors and sparkle. The tutu is perfect.. very nicely done!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Very nice! As CCS says, the tutu is perfect and the roses dainty and lovely but for me, the toe shoes are the most wonderful touch. Very nice, Anne!

coral-seas said...

She is delightful. The tutu works really well and I especially like the french knot flowers around the edge and in her hair.

Edy said...

The skirt is gorgeous -- in fact all of the Sugar Plum Fairy is gorgeous!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

She is truly a delectable confection! Just what I had hoped for. I hear the music now.

Rachel said...

Yes, the cross stitch looks nicely frothy, and the slanting stitches on her bodice create just the right effect!

threadmedley said...

En pointe and just perfect! She is just delightful.

ME said...

LOVELY! Thank you for sharing such beautiful work.