Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ivory Angel - Fully dressed

With the addition of her underskirt, the Ivory Angel's costume is complete!

This area was worked in an encroaching Gobelin stitch with off-white and gray Impressions.  The tassel for her dress was then added with ecru and gold Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct., also using an encroaching Gobelin stitch.

While the bottom of the canvas is still on stretcher bars, I'll tackle the wing section on the left before remounting the canvas.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ivory Angel - A robe and dress

It's amazing what can be accomplished after a shopping trip!  My stash was exhausted, and I finally made it over to my LNS for reinforcements.

With the addition of Vineyard Silk Classic Edwardian Gold to the border, the angel's robe is now complete.  Her dress is also finished with two shades of Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct.  The tassel will be added after I've stitched the underskirt.

Working the skirt of this design has sometimes seemed endless, but I'm almost there!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ivory Angel - A gilded toe

With the background of the toe finished in Petite Very Velvet, I added all the vines using Vineyard Silk Classic Bark.

The sections of the canvas that had been painted white were then filled in with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002V.  I'd used this metallic to fill in the white areas on the angel's chair and liked the effect.  It adds some color and sparkle to the overall design without detracting from the angel herself.

  I'll be using this same approach on the arch above the angel whenever I finish this section of the stocking--I've been a Bottom Dweller for quite some time now!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ivory Angel - 'pointing a toe

The canvas has been moved from the scroll frame to stretcher bars to counteract buckling at the bottom of the stocking.

So while I'm working on the bottom of the canvas, I started stitching the toe.  The background was stitched in basketweave with Petite Very Velvet V604.  The vine motif has been started in tent stitches/basketweave with Vineyard Silk Classic Bark.  This shade of brown ties in with the lighter brown of the angel's chair.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Website Alert: Email Link Not Working

If anyone has tried to reach me through link provided by my website--and hasn't received a reply, my apologies.  Seems for the last 10+ years, this address has been through a Texas server, and--duh--I've lived in Massachusetts ever since.  My ISP sold the service to another, and now this address doesn't work at all.  So PLEASE--email me at until further notice!  Happy to answer any and all questions!  Thanks!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ivory Angel - still skirting the issue

The angel's robe is now finished, with the exception of the trim.  Vineyard Silk Classic Edwardian Gold has been added to my shopping list so I can fill in behind the filigree.

The "onion dome" motif is almost complete on the center panel of the angel's dress.  And the two shades of Silk Lame Braid have been added to the shopping list, too.  So far all the threads used for the stocking have been from my stash.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ivory Angel - Starting the skirt

Stitching Ivory Angel isn't difficult, but determining where one area ends and another begins is sometimes a bit tricky.  To simplify things a little, I started work on the skirt by outlining the trim of the robe with Vineyard Silk Classic Natural and filling in the trim with VSC Edwardian Gold.

The main section of the angel's robe on the right was completed in basketweave with VSC Natural and shaded with Evening Haze.

Moving to the dress under the robe, I used Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct. in Ecru, shaded by another Silk Lame Braid in a value of gold slightly deeper than the VSC Edwardian Gold.

Since the angel's skirt accounts for at least one-third of the stocking's length, this is going to take a while!