Sunday, January 24, 2010

What a class

Today was the first day of our Melissa Shirley Mystery Class. I think I surprised a few people with the choices I made for how to stitch this canvas.

Here's the canvas after lesson #1's stitching is complete.

I hope you can see the subtle details, because it is really cool. Ultimately, I want this heart to be rich and dramatic —— a sparkling jewel of golds and roses.

We began by attaching sequins in the background of the design area. The only challenge here is that we are using invisible thread and invisible thread really is invisible.

Now for the fun part. Thanks to taking a class with Caela Conn Tyler last October I have been introduced to the magic of tulle. Tulle is bridal veiling and comes in multitudes of colors. Lay the tulle on top of your canvas and you can oh so subtly change the color of the design. I wanted to warm up the canvas colors on this piece.

You need to tack the tulle in place. We learned that the tulle stretches in one direction more than the other so tacking the tulle loosely on all 4 sides is a must.

Once the tulle is in place we worked an open stitch over the entire background using Sparkle Braid in the gold/pink/green/blue mix. This gives everything an elegant richness that is way too cool.

Working through tulle has pluses and minuses.
A. It is really, really pretty.
B. You can not use a laying tool when stitching on tulle, you will snag it so choose your threads and stitches accordingly.
C. If you make a mistake while stitching, you can not back your stitches out. You have to unthread the needle and one by one take your stitches out.
D. The color tulle you choose to put on top of your canvas is not always the color you expect. We tried pinks, and creams and light yellow but the color that worked its magic on this piece is dark gold!

Everyone now has choices to make. Add the tulle or don't add the tulle. We'll see who chooses what next time.
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