Friday, June 19, 2015
Off the cuff
The cuff on this stocking is about 10-1/2 inches wide and three inches deep. The background was done with Vineyard Silk Classic Natural in a Nobuko stitch, which works up quickly and compensates easily around the letters.
For the name, I sought the advice of the in-house calligrapher at Needle Nicely in Vero Beach, Florida (www.needlenicely.com). Owner Mary Agnes Rhudy Cussen sent me samples of a large assortment of styles--serifed, sans-serifed, straight, italic and script. I chose the "Andrew" font, which is 22 canvas threads high and a perfect fit for the intended space.
Using the chart created by the calligrapher, I transferred the letters to the canvas with a permanent marker. The name was stitched in basketweave using Silk & Ivory Holly. While a bit of a tight fit on 18-ct. canvas, S & I stands up well against the VSC background and the color blends with the dark green surrounding the nutcracker.