Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The middle nutcracker's hair and beard were stitched in basketweave with Burmilana, then "roughed up" with a nap brush until he looked a little like Doc Brown in the movie Back to the Future. The smallest nutcracker's hair and beard were stitched in French knots with Silk & Ivory Pearl Gray.
The smaller package was worked with three values of gold DMC floss in a diagonal oblong cross stitch and trimmed with a bow of Silk Lame Braid in an interlocking Gobelin stitch. The larger package was worked in Scotch stitches over four threads with ecru Silk Lame Braid. Its bow was stitched in basketweave with two shades of Petite Very Velvet with highlights created by Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002V in tent stitches.
I exceeded my goal by squeezing in one more stocking finish for this year and am now waiting patiently for another stocking canvas to arrive that I can tackle in 2016. Happy New Year to all!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The camera with the most recent progress photo of the Nutcracker/Packages stocking is refusing to play nicely with the computer! I've been working on the canvas a little every day, though, and have actually made it to the bottom of the design area in a couple of spots. Tech support is due in for a visit this weekend, so hopefully I'll have something to show for myself soon. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
All three nutcrackers have pedestals stitched in various shades of DMC #5 perle cotton. The tops of the pedestals were worked in a satin stitch, the edges in either a slanted Gobelin or satin stitch, and the bases in slanted Gobelin stitch.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Now that the Nutcracker/Packages stocking canvas has been transferred to stretcher bars, the end is definitely in sight!
I've been concentrating on the smallest nutcracker, who now has a tunic stitched in basketweave with Vineyard Silk Classic Berry and a darker burgundy Burmilana for shading. It's trimmed with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002V in tent stitches and Smyrna crosses. The cuffs on the sleeves were worked in interlocking/encroaching Gobelin stitches with gold Sheep's Silk. A royal blue Impressions was worked in a satin stitch for his hands and a Kalem stitch for his trousers.
His boots were stitched with black Petite Very Velvet, covering the painted laces that will be added on top of the worked areas. Taking advantage of early morning light, I moved to the middle nutcracker, who at least has one leg to stand on so far.