Monday, June 29, 2015

When one thing leads to another

Do you ever get carried away with your stitching?  I certainly did when I started work on the nutcracker's red coat!

Vineyard Silk Classic Holiday with Bonfire for shading were stitched in basketweave to achieve a lower profile and make all the tassels stand out.  Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #009 formed the tops of the tassels with a Leviathan stitch variation. 

The frogs on the coat were stitched with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002 in braided knitting, anchored with cross stitches that were studded by Smyrna crosses.  The nutcracker's fancy belt buckle was worked in a satin stitch.  Inside the buckle a Leviathan stitch variation was outlined in stem stitch.

In order to finish the bottom of the coat, I needed to stitch his white gloves.  White and gray Burmilana were used here in an interlocking/encroaching Gobelin stitch.  I love how that red coat stands out against the dark green background!


Needle Nicely said...

That's a great looking belt buckle!

Anonymous said...

He is really coming to life...looks great.

Jan said...

He's seems to be moving along very well. And he's going to be the best dressed nutcracker around! Always look forward to seeing your progress on this.