Saturday, April 7, 2012

Murphy's Law

My goal in stitching this little fish canvas was to pull all the threads I needed from my stash--I've dropped a lot of money at my LNS so far this year for various projects. As luck would have it, I ran out of DMC floss #825--the electric blue--just shy of the bottom of the background. Had I painted the background initially, I wouldn't have needed to ply up and would probably have come out even. Another trip to my LNS is in order, but not until next week as I have other priorities right now.

To keep this project rolling, I've started to stitch areas for which I do have threads! I filled in the bubbles with DMC floss #807, the same color in the border. Using three plies of floss, I first turned the canvas 90 degrees and worked a satin stitch, then righted the canvas and worked another satin stitch on top.

I stitched the white around the eye with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #032 in tent stitches. The lines dividing the body have been worked in tent stitches with DMC floss #906, the same green that I used to work the diamond ray stitch in the border.

I've pulled all the threads for the body of the fish. so I guess it's time to decide which colors go where and determining the stitches.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone!


Napa Needlepoint said...

How about instead of buying more floss using a different thread from your stash and making a gravel bottom, as if was swimming in an aquarium?

I stitch projects completely from my stash often and trying to figure out how to make it look good when I'm running short on a thread is part of the fun.

Definite;y making lemonade (or lemon drops) from lemons.

Keep Stitching,

Needle Nicely said...

You're whipping right through this--love the way it's turning out.

Jan said...

Love the combination of the blues and green. The borders look terrific! I'm hoping that some bright yellow shows up in the little fish. I'm sure he'll pack a punch no matter what colors you use.

Anne Stradal said...

I'm saving bright yellow for another day, Jan!