Friday, March 4, 2011

So far, so good


Lots of work these days for yours truly, which is good--painting Nutcracker ornaments, getting a leg up on stitching a new design so I don't bore you to tears in the future, and putting a few stitches in here and there on the little Curtis Island lighthouse ornament.

I began with the sky, done in basketweave with four plies of DMC floss #3841. I had decided there really wasn't enough sky here to make needle-blending effective--I'll save that technique for when I stitch the water.

Moving on to the lighthouse and the small building, I chose DMC #5 perle cotton #B5200. The perle cotton gives these elements a higher profile, which will make them stand out from the background later. The lighthouse itself was worked in a framed Scotch stitch and the side of the building in a framed mosaic stitch.

I'll return to the top of the canvas next to work on the lighthouse's lantern room and light the beacon!

6 comments:

Cool City Stitcher said...

Very good, so far.. I like the effects you get with simple stitches (that I can do) and DMC floss and perle, threads which are available everywhere.

threadmedley said...

The lighthouse and the little building look like they're made of stone - nice effect. You keep saying little ornament - what is the size of this one? It still contains lots of little details that make it come alive.

Anne Stradal said...

Jan--It's three inches in diameter. The Curtis Island lighthouse in my regular lighthouse ornament series is approx. 2-1/2 x 5 inches, for comparison.

Rachel said...

Delightful!

Needle Nicely said...

I never think to use either the boxed Scotch or the boxed Mosaic, yet you demonstrate just how effective they are in providing a building's texture. Thanks! Mary Agnes

Front Range Stitcher said...

A sweet reminder that warmer days are on the way!