Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How a Cross Stitch Resembles a Painting

Suzanne was noting that she didn't know how shading could be accomplished with threads, so I thought I'd attach a photo of what one of these charts looks like.

The different colors of markers on this chart are an invention of mine so that I would know how much I got done on any given day. Purple is Sunday, Yellow is Monday, Orange is Tuesday, Blue is Wednesday, Red is Thursday, Green is Friday, Pink is Saturday.

It doesn't show very clearly, but each of those black blobs at the bottom -- the unmarked portion of the chart -- is a different symbol, and each symbol represents a floss color. The largest manufacturer of flosses, DMC, has a range of close to 4,000 colors; I've never seen a project with all 4,000 colors (egad), but the blend of all those colors is how you get that painterly effect.

I forgot to mention that this Saturday, my church is starting up a needlework group for the ladies of the parish -- women have been invited to bring their knitting or embroidery, and the idea is just to carve a space out of the month (first Saturday of each month) to get together and make time to work on projects, and hopefully, make some new friends in the parish. I bet I will be the only one to show up for a few months, though I might be surprised.


Mimi said...

What a wonderful way to get to know the ladies of the parish - kind of a quilting bee!

That is so fascinating, I am in awe of your stitching!

Suzanne said...

Meg, you must have a mind like a steel trap to keep track of all those colors, where you left off with each color, and where you begin another. Your work is absolutely lovely, and I just know all the ladies in the sewing circle at church will think so, too. My, my, the patience you must have. I go nuts just working on a very small project.

Catherine K. said...

The new group at your church sounds wonderful! I hope that the group "takes off" so to speak. I would love it if my parish had something like that....