Greetings folks. I want to wish everyone a joyous Easter. We won't be having our traditional breakfast and dinner this year. The fresh turkey I bought for Thanksgiving is finally making its way out of the freezer and will be the first time ever, a bird will be gracing the Easter table. Not happy about that, but it's easier than arguing with my sister.
My right arm and hand are numb again so stitching is hit and miss but I am plugging along. A few more stitches and the four rows of over one begin. There is a large center heart done in the queen that isn't stitched yet and I haven't decided if I will do it or change it. R&R's reproductions are charted as the samplers are found including missing stitches. I usually fill them in and did on the top of Hannah, but decided to follow the chart for the mid section. What bothered me was the color I chose for green, 731, way too yellowish. The entire sampler is my own choice and darker than the original. I didn't want to go back and change it so I got my artist brushes out and inked it. Yep. Inked it. Ranger archival ink pad.
It's not a great difference but the yellow is toned down considerably and just fine now. In this photo, the 1234 and large motif on the left were inked. Always looking for the easy end to a problem.
Using the small flat brush on the raised thread is quite easy, very light touch. By not holding the brush upright, having it horizontal, the bristles don't touch the linen. I used a liner brush for a few.
This looks better. Still undecided as to filling in missing stitches, or leaving as is and aging when finished. That's another reason I am not too concerned about inking over threads, I age pieces with spots anyway so if I happen to smudge the linen, (or make a chocolate fingerprint) it will not be noticed at all and contribute to the look.
The blue linen came out fabulous. I ordered three dark pieces anyway, Gunmetal Dolphin and Charcoal. Why? I can get the shade I want myself! But you never know for sure. When I dye, I'm using scraps or linen that I do not like as samples. The next piece I try may not come out the same and that's happened. The sources and colors of my old linens are unknown so each could dye differently.
Staying home and chewing on Advil today, Mark is golfing (it's 38 degrees), maybe we will go out later for a few errands. My printer that died again, may be running after my 4 day fix. If it is, I will try to offer a few boxes for April but I'm not sure. The new monster sized printer I purchased after the first death does not print the quality I want and it's sitting in the basement. Just don't have the gumption to shop for another right now.
For Elaine - I can't reply to your comment or email you. The pincushions are by Hands on Designs. The series is called Block Party. Buzz, Java, Home, and Wool are the chart titles. You can find all four here.
I won't be back until after Easter so I want to again wish you all a Happy Easter!!
Thanks for visiting.