Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A tale of two socks
The intended recipients of these two socks are a brother and sister: a newborn baby girl and her 2-year-old sibling. I've already begun stitching the one for the baby, with the intention of making it look like a quilted bootie. I started at the cuff, working it in basketweave with Petite Very Velvet.
Before starting in on the background, I stitched the outside of the little penguin with black Petite Very Velvet. Why the black first? I've used this thread so often that I know some cards can produce a lot of fuzz as the thread passes through the canvas, and I want that fuzz long gone before adding the lighter threads in the background.
I'm using Vineyard Silk Classic "Bright White" and "Blossom" in a Scotch stitch for the background. When stitched in diagonal rows and alternating colors for each row, it produces a checkerboard effect that works up quickly and presents a soft, quilted appearance.
I need to set the baby's sock aside for awhile and play catch-up with her brother's stocking!