Although you cannot see much progress on the canvas, there were several new techniques we covered today.
We started the day working on the cone for the ice cream cone beginning at the bottom of the cone to get a straight run up those diagonal cashmere stitches. There will be three Hershey kisses in the band to the right in red, silver and the completed one, pink stitched in shiny Kreinik (HL). Below that is a continuum of chocolate working in from the outside with dark chocolate, through milk chocolate to almost white chocolate in the middle. The empty blocks include a chocolate coated strawberry and a box of four See’s truffles–can you guess that Nancy is from California where See’s chocolate is king? I began the heart chocolate to the right which will have dark chocolate and a decoration of white on it all in beads. It is another box worked best from the bottom up.
Directly below the heart is an empty box which will eventually have my name or initials–same number in both–and the year of completion. This is accomplished by the dimple effect–starting and stopping diagonal stitches so that dimples form showing the letters. As all the stitches go from top to bottom and there is no backstitching, some planning must be involved–I am still at the planning stage and may be there for awhile!
This class was fun and enjoyable, and this is a project I am excited to finish hopefully before the end of the year as I have diagrammed 2016 and not 2017! Two days away from stitching and then on to another Nancy Cucci class.