Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Sky and water
Since I'm in a paint-by-day, stitch-by-night mode, I haven't had much opportunity to work on little "Nantucket." But the center scene is starting to take shape!
The sky was stitched in basketweave using DMC cotton floss #3752--the area was way too small to make needle-blending effective. I then moved on to the white areas. The buildings were also worked in basketweave, while the sails of the schooner were worked in satin stitch. I then added most of the brown areas using more DMC floss, with either satin or slanted gobelin stitches.
For the water, I needed a small decorative stitch which would mimic moving water as well as bring this area forward for more depth. Here I used DMC floss #931 in a diagonal horizontal cashmere stitch. So far, so good! Now I need to finish up the buildings and the wharf itself, while contemplating how I'll work the outside of the octagon.