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!