Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A little here, a little there
Work continues on the little Curtis Island lighthouse. The lantern room was worked in satin, tent and mosaic stitches with DMC #5 perle cotton #310. Then the beacon was added in a single Scotch stitch with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #008HL. Yes, this lighthouse really does have a green light as its night identifying characteristic!
I'm always on the lookout for new green threads when I visit my LNS--I go through a lot of green thread stitching the backgrounds of lighthouses and adding foundation shrubs to doorway canvases. Recently I picked up Impressions "Moss," used here for the trees in the background in a satin stitch. Its heathery look works well to mimic the indistinct color of pine trees as seen from a distance.
Shading for the outbuilding was added with DMC #5 perle cotton #415, with #413 perle cotton providing the doorway and plaque to the side of the door. I'll wait to put the red roof on after I've stitched the water.
Sheep's Silk "Leaf Green" in a diagonal mosaic stitch provided the grassy area in the foreground. The rocks were worked in a satin stitch using three strands of Burmilana. I normally use two strands on 18-count canvas, but added another strand here so the rocks would be sure to stand out from the grass. Not much more is left to stitch on this ornament, and I hope to finish it in the next couple of days!