Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Leveling the playing field

Amazing, isn't it, what a little outlining can do!

After my last post, I finished stitching the angel fish in Judy Harper's original canvas colors. A reader had suggested that I change the colors of the fish so they'd stand out more, but I loved the way the blues and greens blended so well together. Judy e-mailed me to explain that black and silvery angel fish are found in fresh water, whereas angel fish in salt water, where sea horses are found, are more vibrantly colored.

Next it was time to choose a suitable color for the outline. I experimented by laying a variety of blues and greens against the canvas, finally selecting the DMC #5 perle cotton #991--the dark green which appears within the fish that had been stitched in basketweave with floss. Within a short time, the little angel fish went from obscurity to prominence and is now ready to play with the big guys!

I'm back in the water now, filling in the background around the final fish. I've now gone through two skeins each of the DMC cotton floss #518 and #3848 and one spool of the Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #006--pretty good mileage so far--and have plenty of thread to finish the background. But you can be sure that after I pull the colors for the third fish, my first order of business will be to outline it first!


Possibilities, Etc. said...

I LOVE the way it looks now - it really came to life and shows up well. It's amazing how well plain old basketweave makes the fish show up against the sparkling ripples of the water. Decorative stitches would have killed them and made them just fade into the water as a messy spot.

Love to Stitch 99 said...


I had been wondering how you would pull yourself out of this little dilemna and I have been waiting with breathless anticipation (grinning)

I must say that you have done a splendid job with it. That little fish looks great and we can see it very well now.

Can't wait how the third one will look like :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

Cool City Stitcher said...

Wow! Just pops right at you, doesn't it? Super! I was wondering which color you'd go with, and this is spot on. I'm loving this one.

Jane said...

What a difference something so simple can make. No way is that little fellow getting lost now

Cyn said...

Hi Anne,

Oh he looks much better now!

What colors are you going to use on the next fish?

Windy Meadow

NCPat said...

He looks great....just like he belongs there!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

The outlining is perfect. The angel fish looks wonderful. Very nice job, Anne.