Friday, May 20, 2011

WIP: Twilight Angel - Almost Done!

Happy news! I've just finished all the whole cross-stitches and half cross-stitches on my Twilight Angel, and now can move on to the backstitching!

Normally, I would post up the last photo of my progress, but as I had to repost my last entry, it should appear right below this one. So on to the new photos!

The addition of her wings:


The start of the blue cloud:


And the completion of the blue cloud!


And there you have it! Next up is the backstitching, which I think will be very interesting, as it is done in several different colours and with different strand amounts. The blue cloud was a bit of a challenge, actually, because it only uses 1 strand of floss for its mix of whole and half cross-stitches, and it's the first time I've actually cross-stitched using 1 strand. I frequently use it for backstitch, but was surprised by how fragile it seemed when cross-stitching!

It took me a while to get my tension right, as I was afraid to tug too hard, lest I break the thread. But the differences in strand size make the cloud look very hazy and appropriately background-like! And it's funny, since when it's in, the blue I used for the cloud looks just a shade darker than the blue-violet Aida cloth, but it's actually a turquoise! When I first went to put it in, I was very dubious, but using the 1 strand really softens the colour. That's a neat trick I'll try to remember for the future! ;)

I'm greatly looking forward to moving on to the backstitching, because it will add a lot of detail. The feathers on her wings, for example, are all added by backstitch over the mix of white and greys that I've already done. And once I manage all the considerable backstitching, it's on to the sparkles, the wonderful sparkles!

And I realize that I haven't posted updates on anything else in a while, but now that the end (oh, the glimmering, shiny, sparkling end!) is in sight, I just can't put down Twilight Angel! I am happily looking forward to spending some quality stitching time with her during this Victoria Day weekend. Even the forecasted rains, methinks, will not stop me :) I suspect that once I start adding all the lovely shinies in, Mr. Sun will have to come and lend his light, just to see them glitter and gleam! Happy Stitching!

4 comments:

Flossy said...

She looks amazing! Can't wait to see her with the backstitch done :D

Karen said...

Great job! The backstitching sounds interesting. Looking forward to seeing it. Enjoy your long weekend! I plan on doing lots of stitching this weekend too! :)

CrazyStitcher said...

She looks absolutely splendid, and so beautiful. Ditto what Flossy said about seeing her with the backstitching done. x

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely and much appreciated comments! I'm sorry that this response is so delayed.

Flossy: Aw! Thank you very much! I'm working on the backstitch now and it's going faster than I expected, which is always nice :) I'll have some more photos to show off soon *wink*

Karen: Thank you kindly! I'm very flattered that you like my stitching, as your own is so gorgeous. I hope you did have some stitchy time on the long weekend.

CrazyStitcher: Wow! Thank you very much! I'm super happy to report that my Angel is very happy with your wonderful compliments :)