Designer of the Year! This month’s theme from Jo or Serendipitous Stitching asks us if we’ve chosen a specific designer to focus on for the year. I was so excited when I realized that I had a really good project for this People’s Choice theme, as well as a certain Instagram SAL I just learned about, even if it did mean adding a BAP to my Year of Samplers. It is a project I have long wanted to stitch by a designer who was not yet represented in my line up: The Drawn Thread. And the project? The Sampler of Stitches!
I collected all 9 parts a long time ago. I didn’t start it because at the time, I was scared of the size (on 30 count it is (only) 12×14- I know! How ridiculous!) Since then I have accomplished many larger projects with the attitude, how do you eat the metaphorical elephant? One bite at a time! And this sampler is so many small blocks it will be an easy stitch. I just need to do 2 letters a month! I can do that! In fact I probably won’t be able to stop!
My other hang up was I didn’t love the colors. The dusty blue-mauve-olive just never spoke to me as much as I love the design. I felt a bit the same way about the Treasure Box I did last year. But I wasn’t confident to change the colors. Now I’m ready. I know I will enjoy it a lot more with my own colors.
I am inspired by this scarf, as well as the color palette of Autumn Quakers. I am always drawn to rich colors so I think my changes will suit.
My letters will be red and dark red instead of blue, all the mauve will be violet. I’ll throw in some tans and gold for accents and 2 shades of green. I’ll do it on a not-white linen, 32 ct cream Graziano. It’s a beautiful linen. I was hesitant to cut into it because I had a fat half but it should be out to good use right?
Here’s my start. I’m really pleased with the red. The purple seems bright but it will be mellowed by more red and green as I work. The cream is not a lot different than the called for but I was afraid in an overdyed linen the look of all the specialty stitches (there are 144 in this project!) would get lost.
After my last post as well as my November post, you’d really think that I’m the last girl on earth who needs more stitching projects to attempt in 2022. But I am so excited about this one and will be over the moon to work on it!
If you want to follow (or join) this SAL tag is #sos2022sal on Instagram but you can bet I’ll be posting my progress regularly over here too! Wish me luck!