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!