Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fit for habitation

The house at the base of Sanibel Island lighthouse is now finished, using DMC cotton floss in a combination of basketweave and gobelin stitches, with one lone mosaic stitch in the center of the chimney!

For the steel supports of the cylindrical lighthouse tower, I wanted to use a thread that had a little sheen to it without actually using a metallic thread. I chose a thread new to me--DMC satin floss. A friend had suggested doubling two plies in the needle to produce the four plies I needed, and this technique worked like a charm! The satin floss behaved beautifully and produced the look I was hoping for, without slipping and sliding around as rayon thread is often apt to do.

I'll add the cross braces of the supports when I'm finished stitching the rest of the canvas, but now I need to turn my attention to the natural elements of trees, grass, bushes and sand!


threadmedley said...

Looking good! I'm curious to see how you add the supports back into the canvas. I for one would love to live there!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Jan and I will serve tea when you come visit us at Sanibel. I love the way it looks - and now the fun begins!! I look forward to progress and lots of French knots.

Love to Stitch 99 said...


I have been thinking about the adaptation project that you started somewhere in March and been wondering how you are coming along with your stitching on that project.

Pierrette =^..^=