Saturday, August 07, 2010

Stitching the Angels!

I actually worked on one of the angels today, and after a tiring day yesterday dumping out box after box of stash threads, chose what I wanted to use. So many decisions for a little 7" high figure, but I very rarely do anything like this, so it wasn't easy to get started.

I do have some splendid help by long distance (e-mail, of course), from Cape Cod, where Anne Stradal (The Cape Stitcher) is also stitching one - a more serious angel. I had hinted, whined, begged, and otherwise manipulated her into helping me with this project, so do go watch her progress! I actuallly think she's having fun with it.

I'm also showing here the next one I'll work on. It's drawn very lightly on the canvas, as I do those I don't want to paint. I'm just choosing colors as I go.
These angels aren't the "norm" we usually see, but I truly believe they aren't just a Christmas thing, as most needlepoint versions are. Those who "watch over thee and keep thee in all thy ways" are year-round, so should be comfortable and with personality. MIne is a kindred spirit who wears earrings! I haven't decided what kind just yet.
I've used, so far, just DMC cotton , both floss and pearl cotton, and Kreinik metallic 002V gold braid, #12. I also have included the Kreinik Blending Filament in the design elements - the Smyrna cross flowers in the hair and at the neckline.


LIZ said...

What a surprise! I didn't think you were going to stitch any of these. Lovely!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I am going to enjoy watching the angels come to life, Judy. I love working with outlined canvases instead of painted ones as so much is left up to the imagination! If one likes pinks, the clothing can be that shade. If you want a red-headed guardian angel, it is easy to create this. Lots of fun!

Jan said...

It's going to be fun to see you and Anne both working on different angels at the same time. You know I love blue, so I'll be watching this one carefully. She's going to be beautiful!