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.

5 comments:

coral-seas said...

Looking good. I really like the stitch you have used for the sea, it is very effective.

Needle Nicely said...

Your water stitch shows the undulation perfectly. Great contrast with the smoothness of the sails.

Cool City Stitcher said...

I love the textures you get in small areas..very cool.

Rachel said...

Good progress here!

Jane said...

I'm excited that you're painting by day since I've ordered some nutcracker suite ornaments. Also agree the water stitch is terrific. Now I have pieces where I'm thinking, "I wished I'd thought of that!"