We once moved back East for spouse’s job, living in Virginia and working in Washington D.C. One year, coming home for a visit at Christmas, I found out that it was popular at the time to ‘get your colors done’. This was before the summer, winter etc color talk, and was much more useful. My sister had made an appointment for me with the woman who did the consultation. It turned out to be a fun and talented young Asian woman who had a studio in her own home. She sat you down and held color swatches up to your face, determining what colors looked good on you. It was really a lot of fun, and I still have the packet of fabric samples she gave me somewhere. I found out that I looked good in teals and rusts, etc., not too surprising since I was a redhead before my hair changed to a darker color. I don’t know whether or not knowing what colors look good on me changed the way I bought fabric or RTW items, because I just like some colors and not others.
Today I stopped off at Joann’s after church to check out the sale. On a whim I checked to see if the Country Classic cottons were on sale, and hooray, they were! I got more lengths for MPB’s, several yellows, a red, and a green. They also had the linen-like fabrics on sale so I got a length of one to do a blouse with cross stitch on the yoke.
After all this embroidery, I think I am getting a little better at it. I am trying different things on this orange top to see what I am good at, and though I can now do satin stitch a lot better, I don’t like doing it much because it is so exacting. I like putting chain or outline stitch around the design and then filling it in with satin stitch, because that hides the possibly ragged edge, sort of cheater embroidery.
After I finish this blouse, I want to make one with no hand embroidery, with tucks and machine stitching and a crochet edging. It will be a nice break from the embroidery so that I don’t burn out on the whole thing.