Treat Time: I used the same Mill Hill beads around the border as I did for BOO. I backed it with a lightweight upholstery jacquard in lavender and trimmed it with bi-color hand made braided cord in lavender and orange.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Halloween Trio by Glory Bee
These have been a "fun" stitch: quick, easy and attractive. I was lucky enough to have all but two of the called for GAST cotton overdyes in my stash and was able to substitute reasonably similar fibers for the missing ones. I used a higher count fabric than called for because I made ornaments: Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By. And, because ornaments seem to "embellish" well, I have added beads to the borders. And I have trimmed these ornaments with braided cord made using DMC flosses closest to the GAST in the ornaments. This works well for two reasons: 1]GAST comes in pre-cut lengths and can't be used for cording, 2] DMC is a more economical alternative for cording.
Fright Night: This is backed with black broadcloth and trimmed in tri-color hand made braided cord: black, green and orange. I used some vintage jet glass beads to replace the black stitches in the border. The beads were salvaged from a braided/beaded necklace, circa 1890. I still have the necklace ... it's just not quite so fat after a few strands of the silk carrying the beads broke. I just gently extracted the broken strands, saved the beads and continue to enjoy the necklace.
BOO: I used some Mill Hill orange beads around the border and backed this with some plain black broadcloth. It is trimmed with braided cord in black,green and orange to pick up the colors in the ornament.
As I said, these have been a fun stitch. I'll be keeping two for myself and using one for an exchange ... and at this point, I am finding it hard to decide which I will send out to my exchange partner.