Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Ivory Angel -- A little light music
The Ivory Angel is playing a lyre, but it's painted the same as her chair. I'd always thought of lyres as being gold, but a Google image search revealed there are plenty made entirely of wood as well. So I've compromised, stitching it the same as I did the chair, using two shades of brown DMC #5 perle cotton and "gilding" it with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002V.
The bib of her robe was stitched in basketweave and tent stitch with Vineyard Silk Classic Natural and Edwardian Gold. Joining the open areas of her sleeves are little silver clips, stitched in Smyrna crosses with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 001.
To give the wing on the right a lighter, "airy" look, while still maintaining the shading, I've decided to use just two shades of thread. The white was worked in an encroaching Gobelin stitch with Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct. A single shade of gray will be added as soon as I buy it!