In an effort to stick to those pesky New Year’s resolutions I made, I decided to try thinking outside the box again. I didn’t go too far outside this time – just a little experimentation with color. I had purchased this fabric a while ago; fashion experts would probably call this shade Soft Taupe or Wild Mushroom – I just know that it isn’t represented by one of the letters in ROY G BIV, and that it intrigued me.
I modified one of the designs from Mary Nordeng’s book, “Extreme Makeover: Feather Edition,” and once again filled the feathers with different micro-stippling patterns. I played with the thread colors, using 40-weight rayons in a gradation of blues and purples.
When I had finished, the piece looked like it needed a frame, so I took it to my local cross-stitch shop, where the owner, Cathy, does an outstanding job of matting and framing all types of needlework.
The piece is now hanging in our hallway, but it’s headed out to a show very soon. I must admit that I was not as comfortable playing with colors that are not in my usual palette, but I learned from the doing, and that was good for me. And I do have more of this fabric . . .