Saturday, October 20, 2012

Standing nutcracker, 5

My nutcracker is now called Gunther.  He is originally from the Black Forest area of Germany.  He doesn't have a distinctive accent though my make-believe doesn't run to having long conversations with inanimate objects.  

I've made good progress--Gunther now has a face.  His flesh tones are stitched in the mosaic.  His eyebrows are the slanted gobelin, with the right one slanting to the right and the left one slanting to the left.  I tried to show a close-up photograph of his eyebrows but the stitch details didn't show up through the fuzziness of the black angora I used for the stitching. 

His eyes, cheeks and nose are done in the basketweave.  I'm a little concerned with how dark the tip of his nose is (makes him look like a tippler), but there isn't another suitable shade in silk 'n ivory.  I hope it grows on me.  His mouth area is also stitched in tent, this time the continental.  His teeth are slanted gobelin. 

If you look closely, you can see that I have stitched the outside area on the left to the top of his shoulder and on the right almost to his epaulet.  I try to stitch a strand on either side each time I pick this up to stitch.  That way, I hope to have it all done by the time I have finished his boots. 


  1. Gunther is looking quite dashing, and his plume is outstanding!

  2. Gunther is going to be magnificent when he's done!! Love the stitches you've selected to do each part so far. Can't wait to see more.