This is a Scott Church design (CBK Needlepoint) and I'm finding that I am cuckoo over his stuff!
This was crazy fun to stitch. Has so many of my favorite things....beading, turkey work, Aqua, whimsy....LOVE IT. As with any piece with such dimension, it's hard to convey it in a flat photograph taken by your iPhone, but it's really cool in person.
And yep...I knitted that tiny little scarf with tiny little needles and Splendor thread. And then for the snowballs, I piled on all of those tiny little beads one at a time.
But it worked...yes?
In this close-up, you can see how it was painted and you can see much of the detail including my choice of snowball technique. I started with the larger drop beads (snowball in his hand) and decided that I didn't like it and switched to the size 11 beads you see in the lower snowball pile. I used two colors obviously to simulate the shading and to "separate" the snowballs.
I used Crystal Braid for the snow because I needed something thick enough to balance with the "heavy" background. Also why I picked diagonal scotch instead of just using basketweave...needed the snow to come forward instead of receding backwards...make sense? I was so happy that the shading still showed through. You can see the footprints in the snow if you look very closely in the path behind him. I did basketweave on those areas but might need to come back with a tiny bit of blue-tones Crystal Braid to bring it out a little more. Hard to see in the picture but it's a little more evident in person. I also added a few "rows/columns" of basketweave in the mix of the diagonal scotch just to give it some "movement" if you will.
If you follow this blog, you know I love interesting backgrounds with composite stiches and multiple thread selections when you have a large space in which to do something awesome...and this was clearly no exception. I used Water and Ice in aqua and clear/iridescent to create the background. Love that stuff but it's almost as frustrating to stitch with as Prisms.
All in all, I am crazy about this piece. What's funny is that I started with the crazy turkey work tail....shouldn't have done that because I ended up having to tape it up out of the way so that I could stitch all around it. Still not sure how I accomplished that exactly, but it's done. I wouldn't recommend that. I would, however, recommend stitching the squirrel first so that you can bunka brush the snot out of him...I didn't do that so I had to be ultra careful about brushing and ultimately couldn't get him as fuzzy as I wanted. Live and learn....
Hope you are learning something every day in your stitching - that fun is what it's all about.