Originally planned to stitch the background in my favorite aqua blue using Mandarin Floss but as I was selecting a stitch and finally decided on this good 'ole Corduroy stitch - stitched in columns with one over 1 thread and the next over 2 - I decided to use two colors. So I picked a lime green and an aqua blue Splendor silk from my stash. I like the way it turned out. In the picture above, you can see that I struggled with the stitch for the chocolate body. I have seen several that used the oriental stitch you see at the top and although I like it, I wasn't enjoying stitching it. It was a little too complicated for both the piece and my mood. I didn't think it would look as nice against the striped background I picked either. So I tried a few out (do you do that?) and then picked the Giant Diagonal Scotch and I really like the way it turned out. I didn't stitch the "back" ear differently so I had to add a little stem/outline stitch to separate the ears more after I finished the scotch. Tried to make the pink in his ear look like candy....it turned out cute and sparkly.
Then I added a pretty bow around his neck and look what I finished over the weekend...
LOVE LOVE LOVE it so much! Now I really need to pick some more Easter canvases - it's one of my favorite holidays.