Sunday, June 9, 2013
Beginning the background marathon
Since my last post, waiting for threads to arrive, I decided to stitch the horse's blanket. But first, I needed to work a small part of the mane adjacent to it. This was accomplished using two strands of good old DMC Medici wool in a long/short.split stitch. It looked well enough, but appeared too white. So on top of it, I added one strand of a golden brown Burmilana in random long stitches to warm up this area.
The blanket was worked in a woven stitch using Trio "Really Red." This thread contrasts well in both color and texture with the saddle and horse's body surrounding it.
Finally on Tuesday, I picked up my background thread--Vineyard Silk Classic "Tea"--from my LNS. I began about one-half inch from the top of the canvas (where the stretcher bar interferes) working a Nobuko stitch. Here's how far I've come in five days of stitching!