I’ve continued to work on the little Christmas tree in the evenings as I have time. I’ve started filling in the top of the center section now.
I’ve filled in all of the little rectangles near the top, using 3 plies of floss in all 5 shades of turquoise. I then worked around the rectangles with Kreinik #8 braid – #002HL. I’ll use this Kreinik for all of the center section where gold is needed. Near the top of the tree was a section in the middle shade of turquoise. I decided to stitch it using the same Cashmere stitch as the rectangles with a row of ten stitches in between them. It provides a little variation and texture from all the basketweave.
Now it was time to work on the Christmas tree itself. I tried white Neon Rays + because I wanted some shimmer in the tree. I didn’t like it – too flat – and ripped it out. Then I decided to try Alabaster from Rainbow Gallery – a thicker thread of nylon and polyester that has a shiny filament in it. In case I needed to rip it out also, I started at the bottom of the tree and stitched a little to see how it would look. Since it is a thicker thread, it stands out a little from the canvas and I like it much better. One 15″ length a night finally got the Christmas tree completed.
I have 3 projects I’m trying to complete this month, so I better get back to work. New projects are scheduled for June and on through the summer. Stay tuned.