Monday, January 18, 2010
Another lighthouse finish
With the addition of trees, bushes and grass, White River lighthouse on Lake Michigan is finished!
For the trees, I was looking for a thread that would provide a low profile and a stitch that was non-directional. I chose Impressions #5061 in a Nobuko stitch, which offered just enough texture while keeping the background where it belonged.
The grass was stitched with two old favorites: Sheep's Silk "Green Leaves Dark" using a horizontal diagonal cashmere stitch.
Lastly, came the bushes at the base of the lighthouse. I was looking for a shade of green that complemented both the trees and grass, yet was variegated snough to provide some shading. I used two strands of Sheep's Silk "Camouflage," lining up the strands so the change in color was going in exact opposite directions, and made one wrap around the needle for the French knots.
My stitching progress is going slower these days, as I'm back in "paint-by-day, stitch-by-night" mode, but I can promise something entirely different in the next couple of days!