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.