Thursday, February 3, 2011

Not a leg to stand on


There's a lot of background behind these little twin Snowflakes, and I wanted to get as much as I could behind me before tackling the dancers themselves.

But first I needed to decide on a flesh tone. I'd normally use DMC floss #948 for faces and limbs of female figures, but was afraid that shade might disappear against the white of the tutu. So I chose DMC floss #950 and so far have stitched the faces and arms in basketweave with four plies of floss.

The background is being worked in basketweave with DMC floss #825, which should work well to show off the snowflakes when I get around to pulling some metallic thread. I'll get as much of the background done as I can before starting in on the white costumes. Basketweave really isn't tedious--just time-consuming!

5 comments:

coral-seas said...

I'm enjoying the whole series of Nutcraker ornaments but I think I am going especially like this one :-)

Rachel said...

They look delightful. Really enjoying this series!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

These ladies are very graceful, Anne. I love all the ballerinas in this series. Someone stitching for a dancing granddaughter (you know who you are!) will want to collect them all.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Beautiful! As always, I look forward to seeing you "dress" them.

Cool City Stitcher said...

Another one for my 'favorites' list. I decided that I could probably stitch 4, and have them finished for Christmas this year, but my list changes each time you introduce a new one. Tough decisions..