Apr 30, 2013

Eliza's start - again

Greetings.  The start of another week and this one is going to be warm - finally.  I'm hoping your week is off to a good start and gets better each day. 
I've begun stitching Eliza after a few color changes.  The color I objected to most was 816, and even the numerically similar were not considered.  There are many gold and orange tinged shades in this piece and the blue base reds stood out too much for me.  3777 was my choice for a substitute and goes beautifully with the other colors.  The other change was pink 309 which is now 3830.  She will be colorful, and I'm once again surprised that I like it!
 
I'm beginning to think that the linen color may be what turns me away from the brights.  Most that I've seen in little online thumbnails are chart photos that appear to show the piece stitched on a very light ground which may be the problem.  Too much contrast for me.  Choosing a slightly dark linen doesn't seem to have the same WOW effect.
I used my large screw lock ring which requires the bag's hole to be made a little larger but keeps the bags from jamming.  I think I made the right decision to stick with the true colors instead of using the aged floss I originally planned, but I'm sure I will question it along the way.  Too many colors involved in Eliza, plus her size, made me think twice.
  
  The fabric for this is a yard long so I rolled the bottom and secured with safety pins, but I'm seriously considering a stand.  I gave away most, but still have one left so maybe I'll pull it out and give it a try. 
The first large alphabet is rice stitch, with another following in eyelet.   Naturally I assumed they were both eyelet and I needed my perfect little tweezers to remove my error.  The frogs have been working overtime in recent projects and I hope this goes smoothly, otherwise, they may try to form a union. The borders on each line are a little more involved and will break the tedium of the two large alphabets.
When you're stitching, if your coffee is going right through and you need to make a dash, do you try very hard to complete that element or finish that thread first?  The older I get, that game is harder to win.  I'm drinking tons of water for renal function tests and am finding that the secure needle method we talked about is crucial in these situations.
 
Thanks for visiting - enjoy your day - stay safe!
 
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11 comments:

Margaret said...

Love the colors so far -- i love bright colors myself. Can't help it!

Edgar said...

It's going to be a lovely sampler - and i love the colour switches

cucki said...

I love the sampler so much too xxx

Laurie in Iowa said...

The colors look fine to me!

Karen said...

Such pretty colors. So yOu had thought you were going to use the dyed thread from a couple posts ago? I think it would have looked very prim and old looking.
But regardless it's really pretty.
Karen

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, the sampler will be beautiful with those colors, Francine.

Barb said...

I think that is such a beautiful sampler!!I'm drinking lots of water too, trying to loose a few pounds!!!However, water just doesn't replace chocolate!

Solstitches said...

This one is going to be a beauty in those vibrant colours.
Love it!
Margaret

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh Marly, I laughed out loud when you asked about "dashing", I think that is a game we all play and like you I find it harder and harder to win it the older I get! Eliza is looking lovely, your colour choices are perfect and I don't find her too bright at all. Hope the frogs behave themselves and am looking forward to seeing Eliza come to life in your talented hands. Hope your warm weather arrives as predicted, we've had snow here the last couple of days and my hummingbirds are not happy! Deb

Mary said...

I just love how she finishes up at the bottom! You've made some great color choices for your linen.

Shirlee said...

I so admire your fearlessness in switching out colors. I've got to learn to be more like you : ) I must admit I shuddered a bit when aI read about those specialty stitches. I think I'll got get me a Valium : )

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