Thursday, March 31, 2011
A two-for-one special
I finished the "Think Spring!" canvas yesterday! First I added the lettering in tent stitches with DMC floss #336, the same shade as the checkerboard border. Then I completed the flower petals and buds with the Silk & Ivory.
For the leaves, I used more silk/wool blend threads: Sheep's Silk "Green Leaves Dark" for the lighter green and Impressions #5011 for the darker green. The leaves were worked in long stitches and the stems in--three guesses!--stem stitch. Lastly I added the stamens in tent stitches and French knots with DMC floss #741.
The second photo here is a flashback to 2003, when I stitched the model for this canvas. I thought it would be fun to see what changes were made between the two versions--not just in the color choices but also in the selection of stitches and threads.
The borders were worked exactly the same--Scotch stitches and slanted gobelin stitches in perle cotton. The older version, however, has a white background of diagonal mosaic stitches. The flowers, buds and leaves were worked in the perle cotton as well--my LNS at the time either didn't yet carry Silk & Ivory or only stocked limited colors. Sometimes we take for granted the explosion in the variety of threads now available to us compared to as little as eight years ago!
Leaving the colorway aside, I know which version I prefer--what do you think?