Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Little Red Lighthouse is finished, providing a nice spot of color this morning as little snowflakes fall gently on our part of the Cape.
The trees were a bit tricky to execute on this canvas: I was looking for a bit of texture without overwhelming the fence surrounding the lighthouse. I also was looking for a slightly lighter shade of green to maintain the hazy look at the horizon. Wildflowers "Evergreen," a hand-dyed cotton thread, was in my stash and just the color I was looking for.
Two strands of this thread are recommended for 18-count canvas, but after a very few diagonal vertical oblong cross stitches, it was obviously too heavy. One strand was just right!
Wildflowers "Moss" was also in my stash, a good color for the grass. I was aiming for a heavier, "clumpy" look--after all, the grass needed to hold its own against the perle cotton of the fencing and lighthouse foundation. Here two strands of Wildflowers worked well in a diagonal cashmere stitch. With the addition of the small fence in tent stitches, again using black DMC #5 perle cotton, Jeffrey's Hook lighthouse was completed!