Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Winter wreath - tracing paper and pearlescent floss
After all the chalk marks on my navy blue linen faded, I decided to try stitching on tracing paper.
I was curious to see how much I'd departed from the original - I'd just been eyeballing everything as I stitched...
Looks like I make things bigger when eyeballing the pattern... I didn't stress, because I'm not aiming for an exact reproduction.
I stitched over the tracing paper on a big french knot dandelion - I was inspired by this great tutorial by Mary Corbet on Needle n Thread. By the way, I'm really enjoying stitching with that Nun's Boilproof vintage floss.
Next I couched the dandelion stems, using more Nun's Boilproof vintage floss.
Here's the finished Dandelion - the tracing paper did help me stitch those knots more carefully. The only drawback was of course, when I removed the tracing paper, several knots were pulled.
I think I'll do a combination of tracing paper and just eyeballing for the rest of the dandelions.
I tried some Pearlescent Effects floss on the French knots in the center of that large white flower. The texture is really rough, and it's not French-knot friendly, but it has a nice icy, iridescent look:
Next, I added a line of gold metallic DMC floss, couched around the flower center:
Here's all my progress so far - I'm still deciding if I'll add the berries.
Any thoughts on the tracing paper or Pearlescent floss? I'm curious if any of you have tried either!