Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WIP for Wednesday... a continuation from trouble on Tuesday

Not only did I take a nap yesterday, I took one today too. It was a good choice. I let the evenweave sit for a while and realized I didn't like it. The darker color was good and I don't mind splotchy, in fact I like splotchy but I didn't like the dark dots from the walnut crystals soooooo.....try try again. This time I used the dye I have the most success with - Rit liquid dye in the bottle. I particularly like the cocoa brown, it has lovely rose undertones. So I got another piece of evenweave out and wet it and put it in a plastic bag with a glug of cocoa brown and a smidge of tan and I got a nice subtle mottled beige. I tried to take a picture of the whole piece but the camera doesn't pick up the rosy tones so you'll have to take my word for it.

Here is my start on Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor....

I'm really liking the Valdani threads but I have to stop myself from re-plying the 3 strands. Old habits are hard to break. I thought this was 28 ct but this piece is more like 26-27 ct which makes it very easy on the eyes. The Valdani threads are very rich colors with lovely shading. This is going to be a fun project.

I plan to spend the rest of my evening with my butt in my recliner working on this sampler - life is good!

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Ohh--love that new sampler you are now working on--see--it was worth all the trouble you went through to do the dyeing process!!!!
    keep stitching--
    and I also use that thread for some things--though I am not sure I have for cross stitch--will have to keep that in the back of mind!!!
    Just hope I don't file it tooooo far back there!!!!!lol
    Hugs, Di and miss gracie

  2. Hmmm...I haven't ever dyed my background. I didn't even know that you could do that, but I love your result! I have a windmill I want to stitch and I would love an old linen look. Ack! That is tiny stitching! Not sure my old eyes would be able to see that!

  3. I can see those rosy tones. Very pretty!

  4. Love the colors in the stitches, I can see it's going to be very pretty.

  5. Carol, I love this piece and the Valdani colors it's stitched with. I can definitely see the "rosey" tones in the fabric---looks lovely. I just finished reading another blog where walnut crystals" were mentioned. Where did you get them and have you seen the liquid called 'Distress-it"? I have a bottle but have yet to use it. :)
    Keep on stitchin'!!!

  6. Hello

    Your WIP is looking great. I love the way you dyed the fabric.

    happy stitching!

  7. You are off to a great start Carol!

  8. Your new sampler has some wonderful rich colors in it. And I'm going to have to try that Rit dye. I have a lot of older white fabric around that I don't want to waste so that may be the perfect solution.

  9. Love your new start. I've seen this one pop up now and again on blogs and I think it is the loveliest design. Looking forward to watching your progress on it!


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