Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Haunted House - Tiny trick-or-treaters
Talk about best-laid plans! I had all but the top of the last quarter-panel to stitch on the Haunted House when I ran out of DMC floss to work the clapboards. I need to visit my LNS later this week to pick up threads for another project, so the floss will be at the top of my shopping list!
Not to waste time, I turned to the three canvases which had come with the Haunted House: three little trick-or-treaters only two inches high. To finish them as stand-ups around the Haunted House, I first needed to give them a background.
Starting with the little monster, I measured the figure, adding five canvas threads top and bottom and four on each side, and drew the outline on graph paper. When the outline was transferred to the canvas, I "grounded" the figure with Watercolours Copper, the same thread I'd used for the bottom of the Haunted House, using a diagonal mosaic stitch. The rest of the background was filled with DMC floss 931 in basketweave to simulate a night sky. There's not a lot of room for decorative stitches on these little people!