Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A cloudless sky

With such an expanse of sky behind the Sand Island lighthouse, how could I resist needle-blending?

This time I turned the canvas upside-down and began at the horizon with DMC floss #775 and #3841, two plies each. Stitching in basketweave six threads deep, I followed the following formula:

Row 2: DMC floss #755-one ply; DMC floss #3841-three plies
Row 3: DMC floss #3841-four plies
Row 4: DMC floss #3841-three plies; DMC floss #3325-one ply
Row 5: DMC floss #3841-two plies; DMC floss #3325-two plies
Row 6: DMC floss #3841-one ply; DMC floss #3325-three plies
Row 7: DMC floss #3325-four plies
Row 8: DMC floss #3325-three plies; DMC floss #3755-one ply
Row 9: DMC floss #3325-two plies; DMC floss #3755-two plies
Row 10: DMC floss #3325-one ply; DMC floss #3755- three plies

By this time, I'd reached just below the gallery of the lantern room, and finished off the rest of the sky with four plies of DMC floss #3755. Notice how the gradual darkening of the sky emphasizes the height of the lighthouse itself.

It should be a lot easier stitching the tower, since at least half of the sky was worked by the light of a window only, thanks to a power outage from Hurricane Irene!


Cool City Stitcher said...

I was hoping you'd needle-blend on this one. I love the natural look. I'm glad to see you're posting again, after the storm.

threadmedley said...

Blue perfection, as always! Glad you survived Irene and were able to do some stitching as well.

sudukc said...

Beautiful as are the queen of needle blending.

Needle Nicely said...

Interesting point about which direction you shade affecting the height perspective--it does appear to be a veeery tall lighthouse!!

Deb said...

Wow, now I finally get it! THANK YOU. I am very visual and need to read & see photo.