Oh golly. I’m just speeding along on this Christmas ornament (! not quite !), but I do at least have the surface embroidery well underway – maybe tonight I can finish that part! That’s the plan, anyway. I’ve managed some satin stitch and some shading, and have developed a dilemma, if you want to take a look…
When I first designed this Christmas ornament, my plan was that it would hang on point, so it would be diamond-shaped. Then I started stitching, and a lot of things happend.
First, the embroidered red things – originally, they were going to be shaded long and short stitch, raised on felt. But I started that, and I thought… you know, I’m going to see what satin stitch looks like first. I have a real thing for satin stitch – I just like it a lot. So I tried the satin stitch, and I found I liked it, so I stuck with that. The red diamonds will be outlined with an edge of gold, to finish them off.
Then, I thought a lattice might look nice over the top of the satin stitch, in a lighter shade of the same colors. These colors will be repeated on the border, in an Or Nue bit. So, I did the lattice couching. I like sparkly Christmas ornaments. There’s going to be stuff on here, aside from the embroidery – and in the middle of the red things, I want to put a little gold pailette. So that lattice forms the framework for a tiny pailette. If it looks ok, I’ll leave it. Who knows, I might change my mind!
Now, in the longer, petal-looking areas (where the green shading has been started), I was originally going to trim down some beetle wings to fit right in there, and surround them by pearl purl.
But – I didn’t like the color of the beetle wings with the color of the reds. So I scratched that altogether, and decided to do the green shading. I think I’m going to like it better!
This is the dilemma, though. On point – diamond-shaped, that is – see the direction of the red diamonds and the lattice? It’s looking rather square, isn’t it?
But if I turn the ornament to be hung squarely, look what happens to the red diamonds and lattice:
I think I like the red diamonds better this direction!
So here’s my question: Which direction should the ornament hang? Perhaps it’s a little early to decide – maybe it will be easier to decide once all the green shading is finished. But I want to make a “final” decision on this dilemma before I begin the layers of goldwork around the outside, since I think the direction the ornament is to be hung will change the approach I take to the various colors….
What do YOU think? Any preference? Any insight to the look of the design, or to the way it will hang if hung as a square instead of a diamond?? Let me know your thoughts!!
I hope you have a terrific weekend!