Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New design

I never use purple...

...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.

Happy Stitching,


  1. Beautiful! Thanks for the link!
    Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

  2. Those colours are just glorious Anna, love it! Can't wait to see the finished design :) Have a great Christmas, much love Heidi xo

  3. This is going to be a beautiful piece. The purple and aqua just seem made for each other. Have a great Christmas to you and your family

  4. it's beautiful, purple was a great choice

  5. Thank you all for your lovely feedback - seems like stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to colours is a good thing to do from time to time.

  6. You have shared very nice and colorful designs in this post. Embroidery designs in purple color always give a fabulous look to the fabric specially when it is used with green. I am very fond of stitching and of colorful designs too.