Saturday, July 21, 2012
There were a heck of a lot of beads on Sophie! I was surprised by how long they took. But they give her a nice curly-looking coat. The beads look great in the flowers and vines in the borders, too:
Once I had decided that I wanted to use fabric instead of the perforated paper that comes with the kits, I knew that I would still prefer aida over an evenweave for these projects. The beads are heavy, so I wanted a fabric that could hold them. The cross stitches are also done with three strands, which gives them a nice full look on the 14 count fabric. At first I looked for a fabric that would match the colours of the perforated papers, which were in pastels. But when I saw this natural linen aida at Nordic Needle, I was sold! I love the traditional look of natural linen, and I think it complements the folksy designs, while the darker colour provides good contrast to the bright threads and beads. Nordic Needle still sells it.
You can see that Sophie stands out quite nicely from the darker neutral of the background:
And I love the little basket block on the quilt on her back. Stay tuned, the tale continues tomorrow!