Nimue Creation Step by Step

A few months ago, more than a year ago, I realized that Nimue, although having an Arthurian name, had not yet created embroidery subjects from the Arturian Legend. What?
It seemed incredible that after more than 17 years of being called Nimue(The Lady of the Lake),nothing, no character, transmitted this culture that is the breeding ground of my inspiration.
An opportunity would allow me to embark on the realization of this Arthurian pantheon: an invitation to Moscow, as guest of honor of a fair art of the thread – crafts, Formula Rukodiela in February 2020.
The first cross-stitch subjects were Guinevere,then Arthur,the Royal Couple.
Now it is the turn of the beings of the Other World, the Enchanter and Enchantress: Merlin and Viviane.

Viviane, The Lady of the Lake: Episode 2


palette... Where are the white people?

The cape being embroidered I tackle a dimension of the palette really crucial:
Skin colors.
Again I choose two cameo, a rather medium golden flesh and a bright pink flesh.
I understand that if I don’t choose my whites for the dress I can’t decide which cameo will win.
It’s a matter of brightness.
If my whites are very bright then the DMC flesh threads will have to be too, so as not to have a “dirty” but “pure” and “soft” effect.

It's a matter of brightness.

So I’m going to choose the whites starting with the sleeve and the hand.
I always keep, as far as possible, the face for the end.
I’m looking at the white dMC and Oops! It’s a mess!
The range of whites is really limited. It is not going to be possible, when you are at the very end of the color chain, to introduce a lot of surprise.
I look at the dress and the whole surface that it represents — thousands and thousands of dots! –and I tell myself that you’re going to have to be creative so you don’t get bored…
What am I going to make up?
One of the white ones seems indispensable to me, so I’m going to build around this one.
This white may also induce the colors of the face.

I'm looking at the white dMC and Oops! It's a mess!

When I finally defined my palette of whites, I envisage all their progression throughout the dress by quickly checking in my head what references in the range will be adequate here and there.
I need to start getting an idea from what I have in hand of:
  • Where will this take me?
  • Will it be playable to the end?
  • Am I not going to end up in a bind?
  • What are the possible dead ends?
  • Will I have enough resources in the tones I have chosen to “magnify” the dress to the end?
  • Will she seem precious and silky enough to give this Enchantress all her grace?

Because that’s the most important thing, isn’t it?

I embroider the whites in the sleeve. It seems to be working. I try to avoid mixing colors so that it is as pleasant as possible, not too tedious.
I prefer to keep the effects of mixed yarns for passages where it will be really essential,which will definitely come with the drapes.

In my “whites” it’s slipped a surprise: a ROSE.

A very light pink and very bright, the number 23. Do you know him? It is one of 30 new colors proposed by DMC in recent years. This pretty little pink apple blossom color is welcome to balance my palette of warm whites. I find it very “classy” in the middle of others.
I’m happy with this color.
When they came out of the workshopsof DMC , the CEO of the Maison du Canevas, with whom I am friends, surprised me to offer them to me.
I had already used one of these threads in a previous topic, the number 29 for Robin’s Jig.
As much as some colors seem redundant to me with the older ones, these two, intr’others, make a nice difference.

But it’s time to embroider assiduously with my chosen whites and see where it takes me…

See you for the sequel: Viviane Episode 3…

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Viviane, The Lady of the Lake, by Nimuo after an illustration by Elph’s Zephir.

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