Oct 16, 2013

Why did she ask that?

Hey.  What's up with your bad self?  That's what husband always asks Bud, our warrior cat.  He comes in every night for a good back scratching.   My morning is dark and rainy which makes the newly painted room look even darker and although the wall color is very light, I think it's too dark.  Does that make sense?  I picked up more samples and may have it redone lighter.  If I won't be happy, now is the time to change it before the trim goes on.
Jeanne asked me if I used the recommended colors on the PS Santa, which I did, surprisingly.  Well that jolted my brain into its revision mode.  Right after I replied that I didn't change any colors, I did. This guy's pants are now gray instead of green.  So I'm glad she asked because I think it will lead to some Santas that are more my style.
 I pulled another piece of 14" x 18" 32 count which was unbleached, and bleached it.  I cut a small section to test because sometimes the warp (weft?) lightens and the weft (warp?) doesn't, leaving striations that I don't like.  This piece did just fine, better than fine in fact. Just a little lighter but enough.  Didn't want to push my luck.  This is it compared to the current linen for #88.  I wanted eight more pieces for the next series and am anxious to start. 
 
 
The plan is to do book #80 with completely different colors than I've ever used for Santa, and the darker linen would contribute to the look I'm going for.  So here's the choices so far. 
 

 All of the pieces in book #80 are red which I don't want, so I will try these colors instead, or maybe incorporate a few into the current work.  I'm anxious to see what they will look like subdued and dusty compared to the red and green I'm used to.  May not be nice at all!
In Scarlet Letter's October newsletter, she offered this book to the first person who could identify the flower in the photo. Me!! I won! What a lovely book it is.
 
 
 
 I also received my two SL samplers from Ebay and am thrilled with Mary Elliott.  She's a big girl! 
  
 
 
 
  I'll have to make some adjustments to Sally Hunt.  The body of the house and everything beneath it is over one.  The background around the bottom verse is filled with tent stitch.  I'm sure I can change the stitching for the house and grounds, but the verse will have to stay over one, and I will probably not fill around it.  I know this bothers those of you that take pride in reproductions, but it doesn't really matter to me if changes are made.
Thank you for the compliments on the header photo.  Two of the samplers are from many years ago, Scarlet Letter's Lydia Bond and Chloe Lincoln, with Mary Haslehurst in the center.
 
We'll be busy the next few days but I should have a few more ornaments done by the weekend.  I hope the new colors work out and I'm not wasting my time, but this will be interesting!
Hope your week finishes with good stitches and great pie.
Yep.  Making another today.
Thanks for visiting!
 
 

16 comments:

Jeanne said...

Like the change to gray...are you stitching all of these guys on 32 ct. linen???

C. M. Designs said...

I like your idea of changing colors on the Santas.. I've wanted to do that but have been "chicken". I know yours will be gorgeous..
Oh, boy, could I eat some pie right now..
Have a happy weekend.
Charlotte in Virginia

C. M. Designs said...

I like your idea of changing colors on the Santas.. I've wanted to do that but have been "chicken". I know yours will be gorgeous..
Oh, boy, could I eat some pie right now..
Have a happy weekend.
Charlotte in Virginia

C. M. Designs said...

Sorry about the duplication of my comment. Too many clicks.

Jeanne said...

Like the change to gray...are you stitching all of these guys on 32 ct. linen???

jill said...

Goodness, some of you stitchers blow my mind...I do not think I have the courage, nor the patience to attempt Sally Hunt. Maybe in time.
blessings, jill

Kathy Gill-Hopple said...

Tell us what the scarlet letter book is like, I not familiar with the group.

Simply Victoria said...

Always fun to see what you are up to!

Margaret said...

Lucky you to win that book! Looks like a good one!

Barb said...

Can't wait to see how the Santas turn out! I'm with you on making changes that I like better than the original.

Mouse said...

well the colours look fine to me and I think they will work :) well done on the win's :) and nice linen colours too ... enjoy stitching on them :) love mouse xxxxx

Shirlee said...

Oh how I admire your fearlessness in changing color schemes! Apparently my inability to do this means I am not worth the space I take up on this earth (so it's been implied a time or two recently). I always love seeing how you color outside the lines. What am I saying??? You actually color outside the book! I really admire you being able to take this & many other adventures!

Chris said...

Love the colors of the floss you pulled. Congrats on getting the Whitney catalog.
I hope that you find the perfect color. Will the trim lighten it up?

Cricket-bug Corner said...

i love the colors!

Karen said...

I like to change colors too in what I work. I am about finished with PS Drummer/Soldier Santa and changed the green in his jacket. I did not like the green at all. And the green in the Christmas tree reminds me of artificial neon Christmas trees. I am working on PS Book 20 now and the colors aren't too bad. The teal was a bit much but I am too far into it to pull out. I'd rather be Amish and know I am not perfect and only God is! I have book 88 maybe it is and another on the way and I am going to change the colors like you are doing. Your color selections look great! I have some WDW's and Gentle Arts I am going to try. Maybe even mixing two DMC's colors or like I did on one Santa in PS Book 20 mixed the mustards so one part of the Santa's coat is a different color! That turned out cool! And it was an accident and God Bless us, sometimes accidents do reveal some good...later revealed... I know God will bless your stitcing,
Karen C. in NC

Karen said...

Marly, Will you be making any Christmas tags? Have I started something you didn't want to hear? Uh, oh.

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