Hey, have you heard of Crafty Sheep's Color Challenges? I have been wanting to do one for months, but haven't had the chance until now. I just love September's challenge.
Isn't this palette fun?!
|Photo by Crafty Sheep, aka Alexis, aka Awesome Crafter & Stitcher|
With this challenge, I decided to go outside of my comfort zone with more than just color--I am also challenging myself with pattern. I have never done blackwork before, and I thought it would be fun to give it a whirl.
And it is fun. But it's much more challenging than I thought it'd be! I think it would be easier if I were stitching it all in one color. Oh well! A challenge is supposed to be challenging, right? ;)
As you can see, it's a work in progress. I used a pattern I found here (top one), and have been winging it a bit, too. The pattern is teensy (just 16x12 stitches!), so I put four of them together. What you're seeing here is the top half of my piece...well, a partial shot of it, anyway.
It seems to be that blackwork, or at least this particular pattern, has a rhythm to it. Once I figured that rhythm out, I didn't even need to refer to the pattern. It was nice, and very repetitive. Maybe even melodic.
I don't know if you noticed, but I haven't used 728 in the piece yet. I didn't really plan out what I was going to do, and I don't really have a vision of how I'd like to see this turn out. Like I said, I've been winging it. I will be incorporating the 728 into this piece, and I think I know how I'll do it, but I am not sure yet. I guess I will just have to wait and see where the needle & thread take me.