Friday, May 24, 2013
Half a horse, plus
I've been working diligently on the rocking horse, using Petite Very Velvet V604 in basketweave, and am happy to report that the horse's body is half-done! Some of you may have trouble, like I do, guestimating how much PVV is needed for a project. So here's a tip: the leg below the garland and over to the right of the stirrup required one card and one 18-inch length of thread into the second card.
My choice for the background on this canvas is finally made: Vineyard Silk Classic "Tea" in the Nobuko stitch. The color is a perfect foil for the color of the horse's body and will blend well with the other greens I'm using. The silk thread provides a nice contrast in texture, and the Nobuko stitch works up quickly--an important factor since there's a LOT of background on this piece.
I bought enough VSC at my LNS to work the area below the horse and above the toys but had to order more for the outside background, as I wanted to be sure the additional thread was from the same dye lot. As you can see, I've started on the background around the toy soldier, and will continue to fill in this area as I complete the other side of the horse.