Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Murmuring pines and memories

More progress on Bass Harbor Head lighthouse--it now has trees!

This time around, I used a diagonal oblong cross stitch, an amazingly versatile stitch. I'd used it to form bricks in the lighthouse tower, stitching with the canvas turned 90 degrees. I also divided the tree area into two sections, stitching the tree in the front with one strand of Impressions #5061 and the one peeking behind it with Impressions #5060. A little bit of darker thread in the background goes a long way in adding some depth to the canvas.

I've started on the rock ledge, using four plies of DMC floss #648 in a satin stitch. There are quite a few rocks to go yet, but then I'll be finished!

On a personal note: as I was working on this canvas yesterday, not a minute went by that I didn't think of Judy Harper, who passed away Feb. 28, 2011. What a tremendous loss to the needlepoint world, but she left us with a wealth of information gleaned from a career spanning 40 years. I'm grateful her remains to enlighten and inspire us. Do check it out if you haven't before!


Cool City Stitcher said...

This is looking great and I like the changes you've made.

I also think of Judy and miss her. I loved her comments and her blog posts.

Needle Nicely said...

I always forget to turn the canvas for a stitch. Definitely thinking outside the box.