I have decided to stitch along with the Stitch of the Month mystery project on the American Needlepoint Guild‘s website. Anyone can stitch along – you don’t have to be a member to get the pattern.
Now, if you are one of the people who believe that needlepoint MUST be done on canvas stop reading here, because I am doing it on pale pink Lugana evenweave fabric, 25 count. The other main departure from the pattern’s list of materials, is that I am using all DMC products – perle 8 and floss, and instead of Kreinik, Accentuate and blending filament I am using Precious Metal and Jewel Effects.
But do the colours go together?
I decided to experiment with the colours – that’s what things like this are for IMO. So instead of looking at colour wheels, with their complementary, analagous, triad schemes etc, I thought about gardens. How often do you walk through a garden and say “eeeww, those colours don’t go together”? Not very often, right? So working with that philosophy, that there is nothing absolute that says certain colours shouldn’t go together, I started with a colour I like: turquoise floss, 959. Then hunted through my stash for a perle 8 in a similar family: 3814. Ok, now I needed another colour and decided to move away from my comfort zone and go for a very yellowy green: 581, along with it’s paler version in floss: 3819. Now for something to contrast: how about pink: 603. Yes, they look pretty good together. I suspect from colour theory, that the green does not belong, as the other 2 colours are blue-based and the green is yellow-based, but right now I am not interested in theory. I like them and that is all that matters.
Why was I stitching something I hate?
After I had stitched the February sections I hated this! It was so ‘bitsy’, so piecemeal; little bits that didn’t seem to work together at all. But I stuck with it and did March’s sections – hmmm… not much better. So I added in April’s and it started coming together. Now I have finished May and I love it. Actually I am still not so keen on it while actually stitching and therefore looking at it close up, but when I step back from it and see it as a whole, I love it.
So many stitches, so little area
It seemed odd at first, to have so many different stiches in such a small area, but othen I realised that of course that is the whole point of a Stitch of the Month, isn’t it? We are not just doing a mystery project here, it is part of Stitch of the Month, so of course it is going to have lots of different stitches. And when I stand back and look at the effect, not the individual stitches, I can see how they work together – for instance the puffiness of the ¼ eyelets from February are echoed in the puffy amadeus hearts from April – they look terrific playing off each other.
How long till June?
I did the May stitching in very little time this morning – when the website says it’s another light month for stitching, they are not kidding. But it will give people a chance to catch up. It’s not too late to join in – you will find quite a bit of stitching in February and March’s programme, but you will fly through April and May, and be all ready for June. I am loving this project – my thanks to Sue Reed for designing it.