Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

As holiday season approaches, one's work schedule often gets knocked into a cocked hat, but I'm happy to report Oliver is ready for Thanksgiving!

To finish his fair isle sweater, I needed to choose a red thread that was neither too bright nor too somber. The winner was Trio "Bordeaux," what I'd call a cherry red, which brightened the sweater considerably.

I'd toyed with the idea of adding a small figural design to his tie and handkerchief, but after finishing the sweater realized that would make the whole piece too busy. I stitched these two areas in a solid lighter cherry red--DMC Satin Floss S326--providing a little bit of pattern by working them in a diagonal mosaic stitch. The canvas was turned 90 degrees to work the knot, then returned to the upright position to stitch the longer expanse of the tie and the handkerchief. I find using two strands of the satin floss doubled in the needle gives me better control of this shiny but somewhat slippery thread.

As a final touch, I sewed on some silver filigree buttons--pretty nifty, don't you think? Oliver is now ready to party, and joins me in wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

LOVE the tie! It's perfect, Anne. This "gentleman" is my favorite so far, but I've really enjoyed seeing the entire Savile Row series. Can't wait to see what the last piece in the series will be like. By the way, I added a note about the stitch guides for the series to the CH Stitch Guides blog so folks hunting for something fun can find it.

Cool City Stitcher said...

Wow! I love this piece.. difficult to choose a favorite, but I have to agree. I especially like the cheerful colors.

Edy said...

I am such a flirt -- I love all your guys!

sudukc said...

Very dapper. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

threadmedley said...

Another glorious finish! This series is delightful to watch. And they should be quite popular as well.