Monday, June 24, 2013

Another mane event

Guess you could say I got a little carried away stitching the background of the Toyland Rocking Horse canvas.  I had planned on working down to the center mark on the left side to even it off with the right, then move on to another area.  Well, one and a half more skeins later, I rounded the section under the rocker.  Definitely time to reward myself!

The horse's mane was a little tricky to stitch around the sprigs of holly, and transitioning the stitches from vertical to curved at the top of the head wasn't exactly a piece of cake, either.  Using two strands of white DMC Medici wool, I worked long/short split stitches and then added some shading with one strand of golden brown Burmilana.

The horse brasses were worked in a satin stitch with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002.  More satin stitches with Vineyard Silk Classic "Deep Wisteria" were used for the reins, bridle, and the ribbon of the garland.

With the mane completed, hopefully stitching the tail won't be quite so daunting!


Needle Nicely said...

The mane has a wonderful "flowing" look to it. My favorite thing thus far is the bridle and reins--could it be the purple shade?

Jan said...

Each little detail you do is just wonderful. The mane is just perfect and, like Mary Agnes, I love the bridle and bit. Oh, I can't wait to see this all finished!