When it came time to work out which stitches to use for the temple, I stuck with my (now!) tried and true method of testing the stitches on my small piece of test canvas. Firstly, I looked closely at the texture and pattern of the temple building on the original image. I could see 4 different patterns which are labeled below. It’s a little difficult to see on a computer screen so I used my high quality printout of the image.
Looking closely at area 1, you can see that the building looks like it has square shapes on the wall. Number 2 seems to have long, thin rectangles running horizontally. Number 3 also has long thin rectangles but there is snow sitting on the edges of the wood (I assume it’s wood!) so the wood must be thicker there. Finally number 4 looks like planks.
Here is my test area where you can see I tried some stitches that I’ve decided not to use. The stitches on the top of the stitches sample are both Roumanian couching. The area on the left is stitched with three strands of Impressions wool/silk blend and the one on the right with only two. I’ll be using three strands on the finished piece.
The stitches that are numbered are the ones I’ll be using on the temple building. The number of the stitch corresponds to the numbered area on the building.
Sample 1 is Roumanian stitch again, done with two strands of thread (to save thread). Stitch number 2 is a stitch from Mary Rhodes book called Chequer. This stitch alternates squares of Cushion stitch and Tent stitch. Stitch number 3 is called Double Linked Cross in Rachel Doyle’s RSN Canvaswork book. Stitch number 4 is Bamboo stitch which I found in a stitch guide by Ruth Schmuff.
All of these stitches look like they will be relatively easy to shade. The temple changes shades of red from darkest to lightest so it’s important to be able to shift the shade of red. Since all of these stitches will be adjacent, I wanted to see how the different stitches would work together and line up (or not), so I tested the stitches close together. Each stitch is based on a group of three threads so they all work well together.
I’m a bit nervous about starting the stitching on the temple before I go to Bristol, but I think if I wait there won’t be enough time to finish the whole piece and mount it once I’m there.
What do you think about these stitch choices? If you have any tips, suggestions, ideas, advice please let me know!