Monday, March 5, 2012
That was then--this is now
I've finished stitching the Bass Harbor Head lighthouse ornament for my friend, and thought it would be fun to do a side-by-side comparison of this version with the model I stitched back in 1999.
One big difference is in the way I stitched the rocks the second time around. I still used DMC floss here, but needle-blended the different strata and stitched over the dividing lines. Starting with the rocks closest to the tower, I used four plies of DMC floss #648 in a satin stitch, then moved down one layer using two plies of DMC floss #648 and two plies of DMC floss #647. By the time I reached the bottom layer, I used four plies of DMC floss #646.
Except for the Kreinik metallic braid used for the beacon, all the threads in the original version were DMC floss. The second time around, I added some silk-wool blends--Impressions and Sheep's Silk--for the trees and grass to give these areas a softer look.
Probably the most noticeable change is in the way I worked the sky: needle-blended for a more realistic appearance and to give the overall canvas more depth. Amazing, isn't it, the little tricks and techniques we pick up in the course of stitching over 13 years?