Sunday, June 06, 2010

One page down....

....eleven more to go.   This is page one completed.  The pattern pages are printed with a shaded overlap to each page, which is really nice since I prefer work on one page at a time.   It's easy to see where the overlaps are. 

I thought last time that I worked on Scarlet Ribands that I hadn't ordered enough silks to complete the project, and I definately think that's the case.  I finished the first complete page of the pattern, which used three full skeins of silk (Hand Dyed Fibers' 1147 OMG Red).  

In theory then, it should take me about 36 skeins to finish all twelve pages of the design.   I didn't have nearly that many, so I ordered the balance of the threads this morning with two extra skeins.   I hope there's no problems with the color lots being too different since it's been a couple months since I ordered the first batch.   If there's a difference, I'll just have to do some blending - not a big deal.

This is the first project that I've ever tried to do in all silk floss as opposed to DMC with some silk highlights (usually Waterlilies).  I like working with the silks - there's a great feel to them.  I'm not sure that I think there's a huge difference in appearance from DMC though other than the silks have slight color variations in them.   Because this design is one color on one background, I thought that it would be nice to try a different floss for it, and I am pleased with how it looks so far.   And of course - there's always that factor that I *know* it's done in silks and not cotton that is nice.  (Sort of the opposite of when there's a mistake that no one else sees,but you do and it drives you nuts because the piece is framed and it's a little late to do anything about it).

HDF's are definately quite affordable for silk floss.   Perhaps in the future, I might use HDF in a Mirabilia by doing the dress in silks and the rest in DMC.  It would be interesting to see the contrast of silks and the cotton flosses in a piece like that.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your Scarlet Ribands is oh, so pretty! I hope you got enough silks to make it through the project. I agree with you about the appearance of the silks and DMC after something is stitched.... I can't look at it and tell much difference.

Deb said...

This looks so pretty. Beautiful shade of red. I've used Vikki's silks before and like them mainly because they're affordable, but to tell you the truth, I mainly stitch with DMC - no one can really tell the difference.

devonaz said...

I found your blog on LCF wow love your stitching,,I am also a cross stitcher,,but havent worked on it for weeks..my 2 year old grandson is living with us so I am trying to get into a routine..hoping I will be picking it up soon..keep up the beautiful work..

Kathy A. said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. I love that vibrant red. It is going ot be such a beautiful finish.