I can't believe I finished him yesterday - I am thrilled!
I started this piece in April 2008. I did take lots of small breaks throughout, most especially when working on the yards and yards of cream background.
I was working away on Bullion Knots all this last week. These are worked in two strands of Trio, a silk and merino wool blend. After I did the entire edge I went back over it an did French Knots for additional shading.
The edging around the bag was next. It is stitched in horizontal oblong cross-stitch with one strand Kreinik cord. It's muted and I think it helps add sparkly without being over powering.
Now for all the fun embellishments! I rolled the canvas down to the very bottom and started working my way up. I couched down the gold trim on the cloak front (see overall picture, also shown a little bit in the above picture. It was couched with silk thread and I plunged the ends into the canvas back with my laying tool.
The stars are stitched in Kreinik 1/16" braid, laid flat with each stitch. The sterling silver chain was couched on the surface.
Two more trims for the sleeve - both couched on the surface with the same gold silk I used in the crown. Also I attached the oval gems. I realized that the light blue on the sleeves was unstitched so I used a blue Kreinik and did basketweave to fill them in.
The ribbons from the staff were couched on - the green ribbon, then the gold metallic ribbon, then the hand-dyed red silk ribbon.
While watching Victoria swim last night I attached the Fleur-de-lis for the staff topper. There is felt underneath for padding, then the gold, then I couched Gilt Medium Grecian Twist around the design.
Very last was the jewel. GeorgiaDee had already glued the shell to Stiff-Stuff. I used petite gold seed beads and worked peyote stitch around the shell to create the frame. The stiff stuff is then trimmed back and I couched it to the hat. There was empty paint around the edging so I filled that in with purple, then added a looped beaded run around the shell at the base. I love it!
Thanks for sharing this journey with me! I am probably going to finish him as a stand-up then give him a designated storage box under my bed. I thought about a wall hanging but Madeline (my 8 year old) pointed out we don't have a good spot to hang him on the wall where he would be displayed at Christmas.