For this month's canvas, Bonnie and I are doing a stitch plan for one of the Vogue magazine cover designs available from Studio 2. I don't know the canvas count for this piece but we'll just pretend it's 18 count and go from there. It is a 10x15 design called "DECO-03 Vogue 1928" and comes with a little pearl dangle to attach as the lady's earring. You can see the canvas on the Studio 2 website, but you'll have to go to the link and then click on Vintage Posters on the left side of the page. It's in the third row, right.
Bonnie's Deco Vogue 1928:
Start with the faces, all done in strandable silk with a tent stitch, except satin stitch the lips vertically. Outline the eyes as needed. Women's neck also tent stitched in silk. Man's eyepiece is a clear fiber like prisms in a 4 way continental. His mustache a thin wool fiber like Designer Dream in satin stitch. What ittle hair you see on both in a cotton floss, stitch in the 'proper' hair direction.
Since this is the 20's, the lady's outfit is all done in silks with some understated sparkle. Not sure this is fashion correct - but it was the time of the flapper outfits and fabrics were going away from wool and cotton to silk and chiffon so I am going with it! Starting with the end of the sleeves, satin stitch in tubular fiber like Frosty rays, the direction of the stitch changing to match the folds. The red at the end maybe a Kreinik braid stitched in long stitches. The bodice a strandable silk in a slightly fancy stitch like the double straight cross. It is essentially an upright cross with a smaller cross stitch in the middle. I am thinking it will be less bulky than a Smyrna cross but add interest. Maybe even attach a bead when you do the cross stitch on top for more sparkle. The collar and the sleeve top should also be in strandable silk maybe with a blending filament or Accentuate mixed in to better match the sleeve bottoms. Maybe something simple like upright cross to tie in with the bodice or maybe play with a herringbone turned sideways on the sleeve. Thinking I would ignore the gold outline all around and stitch over it or maybe bring in a Kreinik and just tent stitch it.
Both the men's and lady's gloves are a simple tent in strandable silk, outline stitched in a single ply for the fingers. The man's top coat is again in a strandable silk in a parisian stitch which is a combination of vertical long and short stitches so simple, but elegant. The white piping I would try just couching lengths of a twisted silk. The vest is a strandable cotton or wool in a cashmere stitch. The white shirt in a cotton floss with a simple stitch like an upright cross with less strands so appears to be on the bottom. Satin stitch the bow tie in the strandable silk used on the dress, padding the middle part of the bow to give dimension. For the buttons I would see if I could raid my button box and find something that could be attached.
His Hat in a black silk, satin stitched horizontally in vertical rows to make columns around his hat, the brim in tent stitch or something simple. The black band again a silk, but satin stitch vertically to be the opposite direction as the top.
Lastly the background. Since the rest of the piece is mostly silk, I would switch to a single strand of cotton floss in some light coverage stitch. The letters would be couched to get the best looking curve on things like the 'O' in maybe a twisted silk or a perle cotton.
That's it! This was a tough canvas for me since it is completely unlike anything I have stitched. But that is part of the challenge and fun of these monthly canvases we stitch only in our minds!
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