Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Floss Diet--Before and After

Early in a new year, lots of folks are trying to shed some of the pounds they packed on over the holidays, and their approaches to dieting can be quite interesting. Here's one, however, that you may not have heard of: The Floss Diet.

Working diligently on the background of this canvas, I came to the conclusion that the Snowflake twins were not as svelte as I would like them to be--specifically in the torso area--and decided to put one on a diet. With my DMC floss #825, I stitched over some of the costume area on the ballerina to the right. The result was gratifying! Now her physique more closely resembles that of a dancer.

Mindful that I was precariously close to white areas working with a dark thread, I was careful to start and stop my stitching as far away as possible from the costume so little wisps of blue wouldn't peek through my canvas later. The little ballerina's twin will definitely be undergoing a "nip and tuck" operation next!

Happy with the results of the diet, I then gave both dancers a hairdo and applied makeup. The hair was worked in a satin stitch with Silk & Ivory "Honey" and adorned with French knots of Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #101. Two plies of floss in a single cross stitch formed the eyes and mouths.

It's getting close to costume time!


Rachel said...

The twins are looking delightful, and I'm sure there are many people wishing dieting was as easy as a few stitches!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Slender snowflakes float more softly! They are so pretty.

Cool City Stitcher said...

They look so graceful, moving in step with the music. I love the way you stitched the hair and makeup.