Thursday, October 1, 2015
Reaching the top
I've been away for a week, attending the last and most special September wedding--that of my oldest son. The darling guy who 15 years ago brought home a puppy one night, asking "Ma, can we keep her?" finally brought me a daughter. And she is a keeper!
Obviously, I couldn't take Nutcracker/Packages on the plane with me. In fact, I didn't take any stitching, just a book. But it sure was good to feel a needle in my hand when we returned home.
The largest nutcracker's tunic is now completed, trimmed with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002 in tent stitches and Smyrna crosses. Sheep's Silk Old Gold was used in satin stitches for the epaulets and diagonal mosaic and reverse diagonal mosaic for the collar. The red arches and band on his crown were worked in tent and slanted Gobelin stitches with red Petite Very Velvet.
More progress has been made on the background, with the section between the two brown branches at the top left almost finished. And that lovely white line at the top of the photo marks the outside edge of the painted design!