Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Slow but sure progress

One of these days, I'll figure out how to stitch and paint canvases at the same time! I've been painting my little heart out this week and haven't had a lot of time for the Portsmouth Harbor lighthouse, but I figured I'd better show a little progress lest I become known as a slacker!

I finished stitching the sky, continuing my needle-blending with one ply of DMC floss #3755 and three plies of #3325, and ending at the horizon with four plies of #3325. Based on the photos I've been using, I think the spacing of the color changes turned out just right!

For good measure, I stitched the lantern room, using black DMC #5 perle cotton--a slightly heavier thread to make this area stand out against the sky. The lantern--which unfortunately you can't see terribly well in this photo--was stitched with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #008HL. This lighthouse has a fixed green light which shines 12 miles out to sea--one of only five lighthouses I've adapted to date to have a green light.

When I finish with the details of the tower itself, I'll move on to the surrounding scenery. So bear with me--I'll get there, slowly but surely! (Exiting stage right to the painting table!)


Possibilities, Etc. said...

The problem of stitching and painting at the same time has never been a thing I could figure out myself, - so I can't help you, but I know the feeling. I'm there right now, so I empathize. Thanks for stitching, tho' and showing this, as I love watching!! It's looking great, but I expected no less, and look forward to more.

NCPat said...

Yes, right, slacker?! I don't think so, and we do appreciate you!

Cool City Stitcher said...

I'm loving your progress. It's so true, each lighthouse is different, has its own character and style.

It behooves us to be patient while you're painting future goodies for us to stitch.

threadmedley said...

Love the historical detail on this one, Anne. Take your time - we'll be waiting (patiently or not) for you to find the time to get it finished. And I'd never heard of a lighthouse with a green light. I've learned something new!