Saturday, October 24, 2015
Filling in the blanks
Now that the cuff is finished, I'm going back to the body of the stocking to work areas I skipped before. I'd been working from my stash, but a trip to my LNS, Town-Ho Needleworks in Brewster, MA, yielded cards of Petite Very Velvet.
The same blue PVV I'd used for the name on the cuff and the dome of the largest nutcracker's crown was added for his belt and jacket cuff, trimmed with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002.
The helmet of the middle nutcracker was stitched in basketweave with white PVV. Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 102 was worked in a diagonal oblong cross stitch for the knob at the top of the helmet and in tent stitches for the center design. Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 033 provided the blue accents.
The caps of the ornaments were worked in a satin stitch with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 3221. The "chops" of the largest nutcracker were worked in DMC floss in basketweave and satin stitches, in preparation for stitching a lot of hair!