|My Background Hates Me|
After I finished my latest Top Secret project for Leigh Designs to preview at the St. Charles trade show, I turned my attention back to my Dr Who canvas. When you last saw this canvas, I had finally decided on a background.
Things went downhill from there. First, I ran out of the tan Trebizond. A friend came to my rescue with two more spools, but they were slightly lighter than the dyelot I had been using. I also noticed that the Trebizond in brick stitches allowed some white canvas to peek through. Then I had trouble at the join between the background and the face of the Doctor. Then I couldn't find a color to put in the left side background between the rows of blue waves where you see the white canvas peeking through.
Sigh. Sometimes a canvas just hates you. Fortunately, that's when I get the most creative--when I have a problem child canvas. Let's tackle the problems in reverse order, ok?
I could not find a color that seemed to work well as tent stitches between the blue wavy background stitch on the left side of the Doctor. I finally decided I liked the white area that shows so I left it as is. Please don't tell anyone I have naked canvas here! LOL
As you can see if you look closely at the photo above, I took out the brick stitches near the left side of the Doctor's face and used tent stitches instead. I also outlined the jawline a bit with the darkest skin color to help differentiate between the face and the background. The tan background and pink skin colors are not the same but they are similar in value and sometimes that is enough to make it hard to distinguish between colors. Did I ever tell you about the time I stitched a background in pale green and pale violet and the two colors disappeared? This sort of color magic can work against you sometimes but a little outlining solved this issue when I used tent stitches next to the tan and pink areas. Yes, occasionally you solve one problem and create another. Told you this background hates me!
The brick stitches not always covering well in Trebizond was an issue. Also having a distinct line between two dyelots was a problem. I could have solved both issues by ripping out the entire brick stitch area and restitching it with another thread in brick stitch. If I'd had a similar shade of tan in Impressions, I would have done just this. I love the tan color which is perfect for this design but not having a shop near me is certainly a problem. I finally decided to just live with the canvas "dandruff" which isn't too noticeable except to experienced stitchers.
I am going to hide the dyelot change by applying lots and lots of beads and crystals to the area where one dyelot of Trebizond meets another.
Did you think adding beads to your canvas was just because we are all magpies at heart?! NO!! Bling hides a multitude of problems. Is your stitch a little awkward in places? Toss beads on top and no one will ever know. My problem is a little worse that that so I added both beads and some of those new 3mm flat back Swarovski crystal sequins.
|Add Bling and What's a Dyelot Between Friends?|
Of course I am not advocating stitching less than your best but sometimes we lack the threads, energy, well, or whatever to make a problem area the best it can be. In those instances, get creative and it is amazing what you can achieve.
Now I am going to turn my attention back to Luna. Remember Luna?
|About Time You Finished ME!|
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