Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Ivory Angel - 1
Like the other stockings I've stitched to date, work on Ivory Angel began with the background. As the owner of Town-Ho Needleworks, my LNS, so often remarks, if you don't keep up with the background of a piece, the chances are 50-50 that you'll never finish the project.
The thread for the background is DMC floss 712, basically an ivory shade but with a tinge of yellow that will accentuate the gold in the angel's dress. There will be a lot of basketweave in this piece in order to achieve the shading, so I chose the Nobuko stitch for the background. It provides some visual interest, compensates well around curved areas, and works up quickly.
My first goal was to stitch the background down to the angel's left elbow. My reward was to work the angel's halo, using Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002V Vintage Gold and #8 fine braid 5760 Marshmallow in basketweave and tent stitches. So far, so good!