...not as a primary colour for a design at least. It would seem one should never say never because when it came to choosing colours for a new little design it seemed like the only right colour to choose.
Some time ago I saw a lovely piece of fabric printed with scrolling vines in, yes you guessed it, purple and green. But it wasn't just any purple and green. It was that exactly perfect purple and green. Since then I have had this lingering and somewhat vague idea of 'something' in purple and green and I have been kicking myself that I didn't buy a piece of that fabric just as a colour reference.
|'Lauderdale', Jacobean Crewel Work by Penelope|
Then one day, I spotted another beautiful reference of a similar colour scheme that I love. It is a beautiful piece in 'Jacobean Crewel Work' by Penelope. I love this old book (early 1900). Have a look at the Smithsonian Libraries online version here - isn't it just fabulous?
So I ventured into purple, with a few splashes of aqua, just where would one be without aqua? Besides, those tiny bits of brightness seems to bring the best out in both the purple and the green and neatly tie the two colours together.
I am having a lovely time with this. As you may know, I love stitches - lots of different ones, but for this piece I am focusing on soft shading and satin stitch and it is really nice keep it simple for a change.
So why a new piece in the middle of this one? I am excited to have been invited back to teach at Pak-Ka-Pao House studio in Bangkok and the Hobbyist studio in Chiang Mei in April (hurray, we had such a great time last trip and it will be such fun to see everyone again). This little piece is what we will be doing this time so I better get back to the hoop.