that’s how it works, right? you finish something, you tell yourself you’re allowed to start something new rather than picking up an old WIP, and BANG! colour issues arrive! 😤
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let’s start with the finish 😉 in 5 days or so I stitched the lovely Little House Needleworks freebie that I received with my recent purchase from Cathy over at Inspired Needle. over time I had accumulated several points/discounts and reached a $15 reward so I only paid for the shipping and got one part of L*K Things Unseen + one of the CCN Classic Ornaments + the LHN ornament for free 🎉 YAY!
in case you’re wondering this is the kind of free designs that shops receive from designers to include in packages/purchases when purchasing from them. it measures just a few stitches more than the L*K ornaments I had been working on, so I used the remaining Marzipan square I had left on that linen band.
the pattern called for 4 colours but I added a couple more and used what I had at hand in my stash; in particular I took the chance to try the thread you see in the outer border, Prim Christmas, I had that for a really long time and never got the chance to stitch something with it. 😍 awful encounter with frogs meant that I stitched the right side twice. bogus! 😤
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this finish allowed me to free the small scroll bars and get started on that SODA Stitch I had been waiting to stitch for over a year (I bought the chart back in February ’14) 😬. I didn’t have all the DMC threads it called for in my stash so I bought some and once I got them I didn’t think of cross-checking them with the model shown on the cover.
you see, one of the reasons why I wanted to stitch these SODAs (apart from the fact that they’re seriously cute) was the carefree aspect of working on them. they are charted for solid colours with contrasting shades that once juxtaposed and backstitched form these delightful effects, adding shadows, depth, and a three dimensional look – so you really have little margin for colour changes unless you plan them carefully ahead of time. now because I really liked the one on the cover, I jumped on Alice in Wonderland head first without thinking twice. the problem is that what I’m stitching with doesn’t always look like what is on the cover.
I checked that all the DMC colours listed on the chart that I had kitted up really looked like the ones I should be working with – you know, you can get one skein from the odd lot, you can find out that your skein has aged as badly as Rupert Everett, etc. so I took out my DMC thread card and put each skein on top of the colour: it melted seamlessly. on the other hand I spotted straight away which tones I was supposed to be working with, and I checked: I do have them in my stash. the question is: what should I do now? should I frog what I have done and re-stitch the pink and green sections with shades that match the model on the cover? or should I just let go because honestly it does look fine the way it is?
I really don’t feel like frogging (especially all that backstitching on the leaves and the cat) but I’m afraid this might backfire later on, after all the medium pink that is giving me most troubles is quite present in this design – so this is the critical moment, the one you have to decide which way to go. and I can’t make up my mind. this is textbook me.
I wish I had noticed this before starting, and I’ll definitely cross-check all the thread lists on the SODAs from now on – but what should I do with this one right now? I’m not blaming anybody really: first of all I have OCDs, so I cannot blame anybody but me when I get colour paranoia. secondly, the model might have been stitched with Anchor or Yeidam (the other two brands listed), and when this happens we all know we should cross-check the colours before starting stitching with them. I just assumed they used DMC because that was the first brand listed, and once you make that assumption it’s a snowball effect that leads us here.
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I know, I’m having one of my paranoid OCD stitcher moments, I’m well aware. but I can’t stop going back and forth. I bought this skein especially for this piece, it would be stupid not to use it! ..but it doesn’t look as it is in the picture, and I really like the one in the picture! ..but hadn’t you checked the picture, would you still like it the way it is? perhaps but that’s such a highlighter pink! I want my roses pink, not highlighter pink!
ok, I’ll spare you the rest of the debate that has been going on in my brain all morning, which unfortunately is on a loop 😦
see you next time – with a decision!