Friday, May 20, 2011
The center scene
Progress: I've finished stitching the center scene of the Brant Point Sailor's Valentine!
For the lantern room and gallery of the lighthouse, I took a little artistic license. These areas are all black, but I wanted to accentuate the railings of the gallery. So I worked all the black areas you see here in DMC #5 perle cotton and filled in the base of the lantern room with DMC floss #3799 in mosaic stitch. The beacon, which has a flashing red light as its night identification, was worked in Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #003.
I didn't have the right shade of perle cotton for the little red roof, so instead used all six plies of DMC floss #3777 in rows of slanted gobelin stitch to make this area stand out from the tower itself. I used one of my favorite small water stitches--diagonal horizontal cashmere--with DMC floss #322 to give a hint of movement without overpowering the lighthouse itself.
I chose Felicity's Garden "Truffle" in a diagonal mosaic stitch for the sand. primarily because the silk/wool blend gives a softer look. The rocks at the base of the lighthouse were worked in satin stitch with DMC floss #646 and 647.
With the center scene completed, I can move on to the outside area, but I need to find some time for a shopping excursion first!