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!


Cool City Stitcher said...

Well, it's just beautiful, as is. Eager to see how you stitch the 'frame.'

Anonymous said...

Delightful and tranquil. How else could you describe this beautiful little lighthouse? Now on to the Valentine part. What color will you select this time?

Anonymous said...

It's charming - all the stitches carefully chosen to suit where they are and what they represent!

Edy said...

Love, love your creativity.

And I loved your new feature in "Needlepoint Now." Can't wait to see how the ring pillow works out.

And congratulations to your son and soon to be daughter-in-law!

Anne Stradal said...

Thanks, Edy! Glad you like the new column--hope you'll like the pillow! I was quite happy with the way it turned out!

Needle Nicely said...

You are phenomenal at the use of texture and color--you do your usual marvelous job here!