Sunday, March 7, 2010

February Progress

The entire U.S. has had terrific stitching weather this winter, don't you think? Here's Mary in progress the morning after a Wisconsin snowstorm.

I dyed my own silk and linen for this project, and have been intimidated by choosing color substitutions; but the experience has been SO valuable! I'm growing increasingly confident in just intuiting choices for this motif and that -- just laying the skeins down and FEELING which one works.

My only regret has been lavender. All the other colors were deliberately dulled down. I was inspired by the glass of water in which I soaked my eyedroppers: The mishmash of dye leftovers colored the water to a deep, slightly warm, icky gray. I called that glassful "dirt." And every skein I dyed was subject to a wash in "dirt" to muddy the base color. But lavender somehow escaped this treatment! Amid the grayed-down colors, here's a blast of Disney-princess lavender! Argh. I've gone back and forth about taking it out, but this isn't easy with 65-year-old eyes. Still thinking about it, and still SO in love with Mary and the lovely winter she's given me.


  1. You are really really making Miss Mary your own and you are doing a wonderful job. I love all the colors and the lavender adds to them I think. I would let that be your WOW color.
    Keep up the great job and we will be watching for your updates.

  2. Love your stitching and the colors are gorgeous. Wouldn't change a thing.

  3. I think you will find that the Lavender does work when all you other motifs/initials are in. Even with the "original" colors (albeit on a darker ground fabric) some of the colors are "dulled down" and some of them pop.

  4. Oh, my goodness. Thank you all for your kindness! You've made me look at my lavender in a different way; I am so grateful for your experienced viewpoints on color selection.

  5. Thank you for this wonderful picture that reminds me of my winters at home in MA...I'm now living in Naples, FL!! :] I love your telling about dyeing your threads, and all your notes. Good for you!!