Sunday, April 24, 2011
I am stitching the teal roof line in two long rows of continental. In several 3-D classes I have taken from Ruth Dilts and Joan Lohr, I learned a very important tip. Keep your finisher happy--stitching corners that will be bent by splitting the stitches at the corner. Stitching the teal areas in basketweave would make bending the canvas more difficult. Hopefully, the continental rows will allow for a clean, crisp edge.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Now back to the Ark race!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
For the main deck of the Ark, I've used an overdyed thread and a random width, random length Cashmere stitch.
The snakes are a simple padded satin with the top layer a Gloriana silk floss.
I will admit to obsessing over the turtles. I started with the idea of beading them in their entirety, but I would like to finish this piece with my sanity (mostly) intact. I did bead the black lines and then the obsessing began. I tried a Kreinik #12 for the gold section of the turtle on right, but felt that it was too flat. I left the basketweave with that thread on the two sides of the turtle. For the center, I cross-stitched each thread for a higher profile.
For the turtle on the left, I bumped up to a Kreinik #16 and simple basketweave. The result: 6 of one, 1/2 a dozen of another. Maybe the next time I have turtles to stitch, I will bead them. Maybe. But only if Brenda Hart makes me.