Friday, September 9, 2011

Working on the tower

With so much white in the tower of the Port Pontchartrain lighthouse, I began stitching it first before attacking the sky.

The brick tower is painted white, giving it more of a stucco appearance. So for the main part of the tower, I used a Nobuko stitch worked in DMC #5 perle cotton. The windows of the lantern room, gallery around it, and shading were stitched with DMC #5 perle cotton #415. The window is a cashmere stitch using DMC floss #413.

The brick base of the tower is not painted, so I used DMC #5 perle cotton #436 in an oblong cross stitch over two threads, turning my canvas 90 degrees. For the roof, I used a full six plies of DMC floss #927 in a satin stitch so its profile would match that of the areas done in perle cotton.

Next up: stitching the sky!


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Excellent texture, Anne. You really did a great job on this odd piece of architecture.

threadmedley said...

Such an interesting history for this lighthouse! The Nobuko stitch works very well for the stucco look and feel. 98 lighthouses is a marvelous collection. Now you need to find something very special for #100 when its time comes.

Edy said...

You are incredible in your ability to choose just the right stitch in just the right fiber. I need to come to MA and sit at your feet.

Anne Stradal said...

Edy--No need to sit at my feet! Just come to MA and we can kibitz about NP!