You can probably tell I decided that putting beads on top of the orange boxes was the way to go. Which do you like?
I liked the ivory squares and the "paw print" pattern the best. However, something in every orange box seemed too much to me so I skipped every other box. Here's what I ended up with.
|Second Beads Test|
As you can see, I tweaked the paw beads a bit to make them a little less crowded-looking. Now I was ready to find a frame. I wanted to use a pre-made frame as Catra is going to be entered in the county fair and I don't have time to have her professionally framed. I measured the dimensions and discovered that the Egyptian Cat was 10 inches wide by 11 1/4 tall. That's not going to fit in a pre-made frame. What to do?!
I decided I would add a second border under the first so that Catra was 10x12 inches. Most pre-made frames are 11x14 but with a mat, she'll fit in a frame. Here is what I came up with.
The stitch is a variation of Parisian Stitch, turned on its side. For the background behind the cat, I used orange size 12 perle cotton. For the orange boxes in the original border, I used the same perle cotton, but doubled in the needle to provide more coverage. For the new border, I used one ply of Watercolours and after I finished the stitch, I added a horizontal running stitch (over two, under one) to cover the white canvas between stitches.
I like it. I think it looks like a roughly woven linen, which would be appropriate for an Egyptian piece.
Next time, I'll reveal the finished Cleo's Cat and talk about what I plan to blog stitch next.
Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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