Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Christmas Angel - almost there!
The first change to the original design of the Christmas Angel came when I started working on the sleeve on the left side. The photo that accompanied the canvas showed the entire sleeve stitched in white, but there was a vertical line painted that didn't quite make sense to me. I decided to treat the area to the left of the line as a stole, which would make the cuff of the robe more in proportion to the one on the right side.
Rummaging through my stash for a green overdyed thread, which would tie in the gloves and the tiny spot peeking at the hem, I couldn't find just the right blue/green shade. So I made my own overdye, using one strand each of two Burmilana greens, working the stole in a diagonal oblong cross stitch.
Included with the canvas was a lantern charm that has some cut-out areas, so I stitched the area that will fall behind the charm with yellow DMC floss to let a little flame show through later. The chain for the lantern was stitched with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002.
There are a bunch of French knots still to go on the fur trim, but I hope to wrap this project up by the end of the week!