Sunday, June 20, 2021

Another unicorn finish!

 After several long-term projects, it was really satisfying to have a fairly quick finish.  

Kreinik #12 braid 002 contributed the horn in slanted Gobelin stitch, hooves in encroaching Gobelin stitch and sparkles in the background with cross stitches.

The mane and tail were created with three colors of Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct. in an encroaching Gobelin stitch.

The eye and nose were worked in Smyrna cross stitches with black DMC floss.

If it weren't for the outrageously long waits for ornaments to be finished, this little unicorn would hang on a little girl's tree this Christmas.  Luckily with three-year-olds, if you haven't seen it, it doesn't exist.  So there'll be a nice surprise for Christmas 2022!

Monday, June 7, 2021

A simple, subtle background

 This canvas came with a stitch guide, something I generally ignore.  I began by stitching the background in basketweave using 3 strands of DMC cotton floss 3747.  Lavender is one of the recipient's favorite colors.

The body of the unicorn was worked in a diagonal mosaic stitch with 2 strands of Burmilana 3601 Bright White, with shading provided by gray Burmilana.  So far, so good!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Small is good!

  With a two-foot-long stocking under my belt, I was ready for something smaller to stitch.  This little unicorn canvas by Princess and Me fit the bill perfectly.

I'm stitching it for my oldest granddaughter as a Christmas tree ornament.  Right around the time she was born, unicorns became quite the rage and are still in vogue three years later.  I'd stitched another one by Rebecca Wood, which was favorably received, so figured if one was good, two would be better!

I've started by drawing a shaped border around the central figure to aid in finishing it as an ornament down the road.