Friday, August 26, 2011

A Colorful Experiment

While I watch the reports on Hurricane Irene this weekend and talk my friend Sue thru her first hurricane by cell phone, I need a little project to work on. Last week on Ravelry someone posted a photo of a beautiful cross stitch piece worked with variegated floss. I love knitting with variegated yarn because watching the change of colors breaks up the monotony of stitching .
I've had some variegated embroidery floss hanging around for years. I bought it because it was pretty, but then didn't have any ideas on what to do with it. Another item that's been on the shelf for years is this kit that was a gift from my Aunt.
 I thought it was pretty, but the idea of doing that big a design in all beige on beige was more than I wanted to start. I knew I'd lose interest and never finish it.

So this week I decided to drag out the kit and the floss and just play with it to get the hang of using variegated floss. I don't have much of any one color, so I'm using whatever I have available.
Here's what I've accomplished so far. I don't know why the fabric looks pink in this shot, it's actually cream colored. I'm enjoying the changing of colors and picking up useful methods of working with the floss. I'll finish this piece and probably make a pillow from it, but someday soon I plan to make a more serious piece using this type of floss. It's fun to try something new now and then.

11 comments:

Sam said...

I think you improved the design - I can't wait to see the finished product!

Sam

Stella said...

I agree with Sam, those colors are gorgeous and very folk arty!

If I run across any varigated floss in my house, I will know right where to send it!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo

Benny and Lily said...

You sure are talented lady. All paws crossed for any buddy in Hurry Cane Irenes path
Benny & Lily

Marjie said...

It's very pretty. That will be a nice pillow. I would not have wanted to finish that in beige, either.

My last embroidery project was a picture of my house, which is about 2 feet wide. I had it framed at the urging of my dearly beloved, and my oldest son says it's his when I kick the bucket.

scotsmad said...

That's beautiful!

We just saw on the Scottish Terrier News blog, a book of knitting patterns of dogs! Didn't notice if there was a pattern for porties, but who knows. We saw it at Amazon, as well.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Kendra has never tried rolling down a hill, but she'd probably like it.

Maggie and Mitch said...

It's just beautiful! We can't wait to see it finished!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

That is really beautiful. You are so talented. And how you find the time is amazing.

SissySees said...

Stunning, Sue. I don't know that I have any variegated floss in my "collection" but that project is inspiring.

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá... Desejo um ótimo final de semana a voce e toda sua família.
Muita diversão e alegria.
Até breve.
Fiquem com Deus.
Aus 1000 com amor da amiguinha...

KIPPY

soulbrush said...

You are incredible with your stitching and knitting, this is gorjuss!

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Hello Sue!....Thanks for calling by my blog yesterday...I am going to be posting again as soon as my girls are back/off to university but just couldn't resist a few visits this morning....your cross stitch is beautiful...I love it...
Susan x