Yesterday we began to stitch the colonial brick house and talked about the windows and brick. Today we’ll discuss the door and put the whole thing together.
The door is the focal point of these simple houses. In brick houses it is usually painted black with brass hardware. The height of the door is determined by height of the lower windows. it will be the same, but will go to the ground. The width is determined by whether there are small windows on either side of the door, called sidelights. I decided against sidelights, but if you chose to have them, you would make them the same height and divide them with the same stitch used to divide the panes on the windows. As is the case with the windows, the white frame is an important part of the door.
Colonial doors generally have six panels, four long and two short. They should be stitched in a slightly different color. I did mine with overstitching, which is why they look uneven.
What about the chimneys and roof? Because the chimney is on one side, it can be done after the main house is planned or stitched, and they are charted above.
Roofs always pose an interesting problem because oblique lines don’t always translate well into needlepoint. I stitched mine with a gradual slope in Nobuko. The other houses in this series will have different types of roofs, so I will devote a column to them in general later.