Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Embellishing the valentine
My "Beacon" sailor's valentine is finished, with the addition of shells both stitched and real!
When I'd completed stitching the segments of the octagon, I outlined the perimeter with ecru DMC #5 perle cotton in stem stitch to give the piece more of a finished edge. Using the same perle cotton, I stitched starfish and some Smyrna crosses in the tan segments. DMC #5 perle cotton #642 worked in stem stitch and French knots formed the seaweed.
I then dug out a package of tiny shells I'd "imported" from Texas when we moved to the Cape over four years ago--a new twist on bringing coals to Newcastle! I attached the shells with two strands of cotton floss around the center scene to form a frame. I'm happy with the effect--a little like looking at the lighthouse through a porthole.
This project was so much fun and worked up so quickly that I may search out some more "treasures" and design another version of sailor's valentine!