Jan 11, 2014

A horse of a different color

Hello people.  Hope all is well and you'll have a splendid weekend.  I'm getting pounded by rains, half my yard is under water, and wet cats are tearing up my back room chasing a piece of jute.
Here's one side finished with a color change of the green from 936 to 3362 and I stitched a wonky flower on the top right instead of having it cut off as charted.
My trip to the needlework shop yielded a piece of 40 count (my first), her last piece of Copper Penny, Belfast Amsterdam Blue, and 4 packs of needles.  My first petites.  I was hoping for a 35 count in the blue/teal but looking through her samples, we didn't see a blue that was "it".  The thread colors on the Amsterdam make you go OOHHHH and the colors on the true blues were more EH.  I don't know how else to explain it. 
The fabric looks very blue online but is slightly teal and my piece matched DMC 3768 almost perfectly.  What do I do?  Over one would not be a fun stitch for me and on 32 it may be too small.  She had a piece of a similar color in 28 count but I didn't think at the time that it may be an option for over one.  I need to work out a stitch count and see what size the finish will be. 
This one is without a flash.  My original mystery linen, also 32, is on the left and the Amsterdam is on the right.  My old mystery piece is a little more blue but it may be same, just a different dye lot from 20 years ago. 
 
As you know, my mind doesn't work as efficiently as in the years of tight jawlines and estrogen.  Do I finish this started piece now?  Start charting the blue instead?   Use this chart as the basis and wing it with the florals as I stitch?  Decision time.  I'm running out to do a few errands and will think about it when I return.
 
In case you're looking for a cheap cat toy, consider this.  Missy broke the rush seat she is always on and chewed off a piece to play with.  So considerate.  The others joined in and it was a free for all.  When I saw their excitement over it, which looked like a mouse tail, I cut a few pieces of jute and tied them together.  They LOVE it.  It's like a hockey rink in there now.
 
I'll be browsing online shops for other teals in 35 count tonight...........wait a minute.  Am I not the mad dyer?  Why can't I attempt to create the color on the count I want?  I could practice on scraps and maybe even end up on 40!  I have gold and green, need to buy the blue, and I'll be cooking up a color this weekend.  If it doesn't work, I have Amsterdam.
I see that I have some new followers.  Hiya.  Welcome!  And thank you. You guys put me over 800 and my blogaversary is coming up in February.  Giveaway!!  I need to keep a journal of things I've offered.  I tore everything apart looking for that cardinal when I was decorating for Christmas.  It finally dawned on me last week that I don't have it!  That wasn't the first time I've wasted good cuss words searching for something I gave away.  Any ideas for this next one?
 
Thanks for visiting!




13 comments:

Kristen said...

Hey Marly,

I love Amsterdam blue. Another great teal is a discontinued color by Lakeside called Tapestry Teal. Even though it's not produced anymore, some shops still have some hanging around. Worth looking for if you're a Lakeside fan.

Pondside said...

At this time of year, the Amsterdam Blue puts me into a state of bliss. The rain has been thundering down, with winds driving it against the house for two days. Ponds are overflowing and the drive has standing water all over. It's a good day for napping, stitching and sipping tea.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I'm just wondering if you dunked a bit of that Amsterdam in a slightly brownish dye if it wouldn't come out right... I'd have to try that.

Jenny said...

Hi Marly,
I just popped over to visit you on your blog and had to let you know that your little cardinal didn't fly the coop just headed west to California. He is sitting in a place of honor on a table by my stitching chair. I just love this little guy and he stays out all year long watching me stitch and hoping the frogs stay away, as he is not particularly fond of them :) I love the color of your linen as well. Really pretty. I love the look of your horse...there is just something about him that always makes me smile. Happy Stitching!

Maggee said...

Funny story about the Cardinal piece, and then to read the comment from Jenny! However, it has happened to me too, so...sigh... I was just looking at a piece of Blue Spruce...a different shade of blue. Haven't had much success stitching on the darker colors yet... may try again this year. I just started using 40 count recently. Wasn't so bad... Hugs!

Margaret said...

Oh I love the idea of stitching it on that blue fabric -- or a fabric you dye yourself! It would look more like the original for sure! You enabler you. Now I have to look for a piece of blue fabric. lol! Good thing I haven't started mine yet. lol about the cat toy. Sometimes the simplest things are the best toys.

Penny Shepherd said...
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Penny said...

Love the Amsterdam blue!!! Gosh now I want to stitch the Two Horses!

Pam in IL said...

I like the fabric you've shown, but I'm sure you'll find or dye the perfect color!

Shirlee said...

Lol! You aren't the only one who went looking for something she gave away : ) Looking forward to seeing your dyeing attempts!

Jean said...

The blue is beautiful and the cat toy is awesome! I know what I'll be making today.

mommafoso said...

Always love to see your work. Whatever choice you make will no doubt be perfect.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

40 count?! Oh my gosh, I'm going cross-eyed just thinking about it! Love the cat toy, we find our pups get much more enjoyment out of the one little leg they pulled off their Christmas toys than they got out the whole toy (which was demolished faster than you can say Kris Kringle!). I know whatever you decide to do with your dyeing and stitching it will be wonderful as always. Stay dry! Deb

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