Thursday, May 9, 2013

The doll house

Did you ever have a doll house when you were a kid?  I did--it was a favorite toy--so I was eager to stitch this one.

I began with the white area, using DMC floss in basketweave, then added windows in a Scotch stitch variation with DMC floss #414.  The green shutters and red window boxes were worked with DMC #5 perle cotton in a slanted gobelin stitch.  The door was outlined with more perle cotton and filled in with DMC floss.

To add some subtle variation to the "shingles" of the roof, I used Weeks Dye Works "Molasses," a #5 perle cotton, in a slanted gobelin stitch.  With the canvas turned 90 degrees, I worked oblong cross stitches with Sheep's Silk "Rust Brown" to create the chimney bricks.

With the doll house completed, I finished the boat using DMC floss #817 in a slanted gobelin stitch for the bottom and a satin stitch for the flag.  The mast was worked in a stem stitch with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002.

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