Friday, April 22, 2011

The Argyle finale


Contemplating the heel and toe for the argyle mini-sock, I decided I'd like a slightly different woven look--this one in three colors, rather than the two-toned version I worked on the previous country mini-sock.

I'd already stitched the tent stitches in white, skipping every other canvas thread, before I worked the darker threads around the heel and toe. Now to add the other two predominant colors--gray and red--to the mix! I alternated stitching the empty rows of threads, first working the gray and then the red.

With these areas done, I stitched the name in Kreinik #16 medium braid #001, beefing up the weight of thread from the #12 tapestry braid I normally use to give the letters a more raised appearance. I then moved to the toe, and after working only three stitches, realized the silver thread was definitely not going to work--it disappeared against the variegated background. So for the date, I switched to Kreinik #16 medium braid #005, which provides only a tiny bit of twinkle, but at least you can see it!

Going on a blog vacation now, so I can cook up a storm for my visiting family members this weekend, but I'll be back!

7 comments:

Cool City Stitcher said...

Well done! It will be lovely on the tree.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Lovely stocking! Enjoy the Easter weekend company. We'll wait patiently until you get back to blogging.

Edy said...

Just one question...How do you finish these?

Happy Easter.

Anne Stradal said...

Edy--All my mini-socks are finished as actual lined socks, so you can put something inside them if you wish. They're generally backed (and lined) with velveteen, with cording around the seams that culminates in a hanging cord. And they're finished professionally--I don't sew!

Happy Passover!

Needle Nicely said...

Great idea to add the third color to the heel and toe--looks wonderful!

Rachel said...

Enjoy your break - will you be showing us these pieces completely finished up?

threadmedley said...

Very nice finish to this little stocking. I'm sure he'll love it. And I love what you did with the heel and toe. Different but very nice.