Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Daytime stitching enabled more work on the background, which now reaches to the middle of the blue ornament on the left and just above the hook for the gold ornament on the right.
The middle nutcracker now has cuffs on his sleeves, worked in an interlocking/encroaching Gobelin stitch with vintage red DMC Medici wool. Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 102 and 080HL were added to complete his belt.
The section between the largest nutcracker's tunic and pants was filled in with a woven stitch with Sheep's Silk Old Gold. The bottom of his tunic and his glove were worked in an interlocking/encroaching Gobelin stitch with two values of red Impressions. There's a lot of red in his tunic, so I've started on the sleeve on the right in hopes there's enough thread in my stash to finish this area.
I'm making a shopping list of threads I'll need to finish the areas I've skipped as I make my way up to the top of the canvas!