Apr 2, 2013

Trying something different

Hiya!  It's morning and my freaky mind says it's OK to pick projects now.  This will be something new for me.  After checking the conversion and not finding every color (but close enough), I decided to wing it.  I just love 18th Century Rook linen and Dorothy will juuuuust fit with a seam allowance to spare, or a hemmed edge.  The colors are greens and blues, teal, gray, browns, which is what I pulled from the floss box.  Some the same as recommended, some slightly different.  With all the work involved in recreating and charting an exact reproduction, I feel guilty making changes, both in colors, size, and stitch type.  I do it anyway to make it easier for myself, and although many stitchers want authenticity, some like me just prefer the look.  So instead of following the chart symbols and my notations for conversions, I'm planning on looking at the photo and using whatever color seems to be appropriate on the dark linen.  This could become a real disaster, or an exercise in control management.  Why is there anger management therapy but no control management?  How many control freaks do you know?  I'll bet more than angry people.  Is this why needlework is a sort of therapy for us?  Whether quilting, hooking, or stitching, we are kind of in control of that fabric in our hands.  We can baby it, change it, scream at it, love it, abandon it, and in some cases, kill it without having to answer to another, accept punishment, or be retaliated against.  It's our little secret!  ..........
Does it sound like I need a pill of some sort? 
Anyway, I love these colors and the linen so Dorothy will be worked on today.  Harriot is still being considered for some insane reason, but Mary Ann and the girls may rescue me.  The samplers in these two posts here and here just won't let go.  Elizabeth Moor is one of my favorites but there is quite a bit of over one which I'm not up to now. 
This is the plan and unless a sugar overload interferes,  the decision for now. 
It's very cold this morning but sunny, so the boys are enjoying the warmth radiating from the siding.  My brother has another abandoned cat.  Very young, small, starving, solid black.  Obviously a house cat that couldn't find food for itself, and very affectionate.  She is in a large dog crate for safety and when he brings her out to play with the others and run around a bit, she does for a short time and then runs back in.  Our agencies are overflowing, none will take her, and the vets he used before for discounted stray neutering has decided to change policy.
That's all I got!  Have a wonderful day and control that needle!
Thanks for visiting.

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15 comments:

Bertie said...

Oh Marly you do make me laugh a lot!! Whatever you do is good, always nice to put your own stamp on a sampler. years ago when stitching a lot of samplers I changed colours all the time!
There is a chocpill!!
Good luck with the cats, your boys look very happy;))

WoolenSails said...

That is going to be a beautiful sampler, love the look of old linens. She is a tuxedo, and she definitely has the attitude, lol. I had one that disappeared, then a few years later a stray tuxedo found his way into my yard and he is my buddy now, they make wonderful pets. We have the same problem here, no one will take the strays and they tell us to not feed them and they will go away, hard to do when they are starving and it is cold out.

Debbie

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Love the R & R 18th Century Rook--gosh is it hard to find. Yes, needlework is the one aspect of my life I can exert control--the colors and kinds of fibers, choice of linen sometimes I even manipulate the design.

Your boys are very handsome, good thoughts with the new kid on the block

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the floss colors and the linen you've picked for your new project. I say go for it... I'm not a purist when it comes to repro samplers either.

cucki said...

Aww such sweet linen and yummy threads :)
Big hugs x

Vickie said...

Aww Marly. My mother is going through that same problem. They have a stray mom and her one kitten, who's now 6 mos. old. I have been telling mom for many months to get her spayed. No shelters will take them here.

Mary said...

What beautiful springy floss colors, Marly! I love how the sit on the linen.

I do agree with you about control management. When it comes to my stitching, I tend to be the ultimate supreme ruler, with absoluelty no limits, safeguards or oversight whatsoever. It's good to be the commander-in-chief that way!

Barb said...

I am one of those control people (somewhat) Maybe you are right about us. I often(really almost always)change colors on reproduction samplers. I reason it this way, if they had our huge choices, they might have not picked that color I don't like!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Love the linen and I think your floss choices wi be very pretty. I like adapting!

Margaret said...

Pretty colors for your new project! Poor kitty that your brother found. It's a hard thing for these abandoned animals. :(

Cricket-bug Corner said...

How do you tell those kitties apart? They are beautiful!!

Chris said...

You go Marly!! Those colors look great!
So sorry to hear about the new sweet little cat. I hope that you guys can find her a good home.

Carol said...

Such pretty spring colors in your newest project, Marly. I love the way you go for "the look" rather than authenticity!!

Oh, how I wish I could take your brother's found black kitty. I have a soft spot for black cats, but my husband's allergies just don't cooperate... One was enough for him :( Hope he finds a nice home soon!!

Shirlee said...

The sampler colors are beautiful. I wish I could take that little kittie.

Karen said...

Hi Marly, what pretty colors of floss...I love doing things my way if it comes to me that that's how I want to do it...protocol or 'right way' is good if you are a beginner and want to learn but after awhile of doing things, it should become YOUR OWN PIECE.
Karen

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