Thursday, July 15, 2010

Breaking News

My spies tell me that Elaine Magnin is going out of business.  I've been wondering about the lack of canvases on their website for the last 6 weeks, so I imagine that the news is correct.  I think California stores have been very hard hit by the lingering recession.

Anyone who actually gets to visit the shop in San Francisco before they close their doors please convey my appreciation for their store and staff.   If you have a favorite shop in California, please support them by buying something if you can.

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Dancing Ribbon Wings

Cha's Overall Progress to Date
I've been working away on Cha's wings, trying to get in as much tent stitching in the background next to them as possible.  Above is an overall view of the canvas to date.

Once I have the background next to the edge of the wing done, I can work on the wing itself. As you can tell from the photo, I'm using silk ribbon embroidery on the wings.  I started with the edge of the left wing and once the entire length was done, I went back and starting doing another row of stitches to cover the rest of the wing.

I'm changing colors to match the paint colors. When I told Leigh I wanted to use silk ribbon on Cha, she sent me a selection of colors to match the canvas.  (Leigh Designs distributes River Silks.)  It's gorgeous stuff!  I can use as long a length as I can manage without strangling myself and the ribbon doesn't fray.  It comes in a huge array of colors and also in three widths (I'm using 4mm, the narrowest).  It's easy to stitch with and fast--my wings would be done if I didn't have to do the tent stitches around them first.  If you haven't visited the River Silks website recently, you will enjoy the new design of their gallery of items stitched with their ribbons.

I'm going to have to do the background on the other side of the left wing before I can start the red area, so you won't see progress on this tomorrow.  I'll post about something else instead of treating you to photos of more background!

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