Monday, December 29, 2008


I can't believe I finally finished the Central Park piece! The only section remaining was the central cab scene, but there was a lot of detail to be stitched.

The cabs and horses were stitched in black and white Trio, mostly in basketweave, with a little Scotch stitch variation for the horse blanket and blinders. The street lamps were worked in a satin/Scotch stitch in Kreinik #12 tapestry braid - #032 - and outlined in black floss. Finally, the reins were added with one ply of black floss.

I've added a photo of the enlargement of the original drawing (left) so you can compare it with my final needlepoint interpretation. This project was as much a learning experience for me as it was a sentimental journey. I'm pleased with my results, and hope you will be, too!

I'm looking forward to my next project--the design "Nippon Textures" by Gail Hendrix--a subject about as far removed culturally from Central Park as you can get! It also contains something I've been missing for the last six weeks of stitching--COLOR!


Possibilities, Etc. said...

This is remarkable!! Great job you did. and what would we do without Kreinik #12 032? I have it in both braid and ribbon. I know the feeling about wanting to get back to color, tho' Your father would be pleased, and you have created an heirloom.

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Great job, Anne :-)

I really love how your Central Park piece has turned out.

Framing next and then years of enjoyment looking at this lovely scene drawn by your father and stitched by you.

Pierrette =^..^=

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Wonderful! I'm sure this was a great sttiching learning experience as well as a marvelous journey into your past.

Wish I could see this in person because I'm sure the texture is amazing.

Jane, sighing with pleasure in CH

g said...

great job...I love it...

Jan said...

This is absolutely fabulous!! Now your family will always have your father with them - a true family heirloom. I've enjoyed watching you stitch this Anne and look forward to the next project.

LIZ said...

Just beautiful and you did it so fast too! I really enjoyed following your progress and reading about your thought processes in stitch development. Good job!!