Friday, December 4, 2015
Suiting up the little guy
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.