Monday, December 17, 2012
Angel progress 1
Now to stitch the face! Whenever possible, I like to stitch faces first so I'll have someone pretty peeking out at me while I'm working on the rest of the canvas. I wanted to tone down the angel's "makeup" a little--I've never used eyeliner in my life. I used DMC cotton floss #950 for the skin tone and DMC floss #3733 for the shadowing, substituting the latter for the black around the eyes to make it look more like the edge of her eyelids.
DMC floss #224 and #223 were used for her cheeks and mouth and #898 for her eyes. I'll add her eyebrows later when I decide which shade of brown to use for her hair.
Next up: the wings, and there's a lot of stitching to be done. I opted to simplify these areas by dividing them into layers separated by tent stitches using Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002. I then started filling in the layers with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #032 in a Nobuko stitch, a thread just light enough that the gray painted shading still shows through. As you can see, I'll be winging it for awhile!