Monday, February 7, 2011
A happy marriage
When I'm stitching a painted canvas--regardless of whether it's a lighthouse, doorway, dancing ghost or little ballerina--I always have a "look" in mind that I'm trying to achieve. Oftentimes that look hinges on my choice of thread and/or stitch for a particular area.
When I got around to stitching the costumes for the Snowflake twins, I knew my choice of thread would be an important factor. On a recent trip to my LNS, Barry, the owner, showed me some new threads from Brown Paper Packages that he'd just received. "Stardust" is a blend of 43% silk, 42% Merino wool, 10% polyester and 5% nylon and initially available in four colors: white, red, sand and black. Think Silk & Ivory with a twinkle!
I did some practice stitching on doodle canvas with the white Stardust and showed it to DH. "Looks like snow," was his comment. Ding, ding, ding: we have a winner! I first worked the bodice with a satin stitch, trimming it in Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #101 in tent stitches.
For the skirt, I needed a non-directional stitch that would still provide a "layered" look. I chose the Nobuko stitch, as the waltz-length skirt would provide enough repeat of the pattern to be effective. Since Stardust is a somewhat fragile thread, with little opalescent strands running through it, I switched from my regular #22 tapestry needle to a #20 to minimize abrasion.
The result: a costume that "floats" above the background, thanks to the loft provided by the thread, and glistens just like snow. A happy marriage of thread and stitch!