|Color Swap||2 over 2, 28 ct cashel linen in Crystal Alchemy by Picture this Plus. Pattern|
|Color Theory||Inspired by pink roses ; DMC #5 309, 335, 899, 776, 890, 699, and 700|
|Design: Inspired by Color||Inspired by Kitty Wylde's color palette|
|Unique Techniques||Discovered a Tutorial for:||How to Make a Cube Finishing|
|Artist Studies: Durene Jones||Pattern I selected a free pattern from 2016 (Snowdrop Vase) because Durene Jones had previously released a similar one during 2015. The use of shading is subtle but consistent and the lack of complete backstitch lines allows a sense of delicateness and depth that stricter back stitching would lose. Her willingness to revisit prior design subjects allows you to see the range and development of skill/style and the significant difference minor revisions can make.|
|Stitch Spot||Now that I've determined my stand is tall enough to sit over my bed, I've moved from a folding chair in my room to sitting on the bed - don't mind the lewd Aaron Purr, Sir doing his favorite thing (licking himself) at least he's not doing his second favorite which is cuddling with me and preventing my stitching. (Out of sight is the TV where I put things on if I want to frog my work).|
|Topsy Turvy||I reversed my stitches going first \ then / . If I did English method I was more likely to start back with my habitual stitching method, but if I utilized the Danish method, it was easier to stick with a different style. Pattern pdf|
|Stash System||Discovered organization inspiration:||Hanging Skein Storage I prefer to store my floss in the way it came so discovering ways that I can easily and space/cost effectively store it (and find it) is always a bit of a struggle. I discovered this walk-through on how to set up a fully labeled DMC storage that also allows for many skeins and it's definitely on my to-do-list.|
|International Style||Traveled the world and discovered:||Mariana Gonçalves is a brand new cross stitch designer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (her Etsy only has 3 patterns!) Her designs are currently straight forward, cute, small projects with bright colors (she also stitches with pearl cotton) but her Instagram shows she's an avid artist and I hope to see more of that translate into her cross stitch as she grows as a designer.|
|Artist Studies: Ink Circles||I'm using Ink Circles free June 2006 Celtic Knot Collection on a scrap evenweave undetermined count 2x1, half stitch.
Repeating and single color patterns are some of the most difficult patterns for me to find a pattern to stitch. Not because they're repetitive (I LOVE getting into a rhythm and not having to think about it) but I want something that stands out and makes me fall a little bit in love with it.
Ink Circles is one of the designers who is able to do a lot with a little. Celtic knots seem to be more practice pieces for the designer to hone their skills for their more detailed work later.Focusing on repeating motifs and allowing the stitcher to pick the colorways cracks open the door to the stitcher's inner artist (we all have one! Even if your inner artist doesn't get to get out much).
|Blackwork Research||Researched Blackwork and discovered:||Polar Bear Blackwork Using multiple colors in blackwork is more of a modern concept, but utilizing different repeating patterns, varying thread thicknesses, or even deconstructing the pattern(s) while stitching to show shading or edges in a design is a timeless technique.|
|Petite Patterns||Found a small pattern to stitch:||This is a freebie from two FlossTubers that quotes Mr. Roger "It's you I like"|
|Specialty Study||Found a tutorial:||I registered for this class last year and haven't touched it in the least. This Flax Sampler has pulled thread techniques and other specialty stitches that I'm excited to try (I'll check when I get home the exact ones used)|