When I first started stitching, I thought I had to use all the called for colors. Then, probably after sage advice from another stitcher, I realized it was ok to change colors. When you consider that most of the time, I’m using a different color linen, which means I might need to use different colored floss, and then, especially the hand dyed cotton flosses, sometimes what was “Oscar Brown” in 2022 may no longer be so brown. It may be more orange or more gold. Add to that the fact that my sense of color can be a bit weird . . and finding the perfect (for me) color can be frustrating. That’s when it’s time to walk away for a while.
Last night I decided to stitch the door frame and start the door and try another pink.
On most of the pictures I see of this project, including the cover, the door looks more wine-ish red. The called for color is Used Brick. My Used Brick looks more rusty red.
I stitched a few stitches (32 to be exact) to the left of the door using a pink that looked a bit coral-ish on the skein but on the linen, it looks way too pink so I ripped it all out.
This skein is Sanguine (Weeks Dye Works). I’m going to try it for the house. It may have more variegation than I want for the house but . . one way to find out.
Jean B in PA says
I understand how you feel. I am stitching a piece with a lot of brown. The pattern photo looks like the brown is a medium shade and has variation. That is what I hoped for. The skein I have is darker and almost solid. Much less interesting to look at and somewhat dull. But by the time I realized it was not really working, I had done a lot of stitching in that color, so I am plowing ahead to finish, but I feel like I won’t be terribly happy with the finished piece. If I am not pleased with the final project, maybe I can perk it up with whatever I do with the finishing. Hope you find a color that works for your house. The pink in the photo looks like it will work once you have more in.
Cindy F says
I still struggle with color so I try to use what is recommended. The third chart I worked on when I got back into cross stitch was an old chart and the colors available now were way off so I went to the LNS and fortunately got a lot of help. I bought Rejoice Evermore last year and one of the called for flosses had been apparently hard to get for a long time so when I was at the LNS I ended up changing it without help. I haven’t stitched on it much yet so we’ll see how well I did when I do get back to it! lol It was one of my New Year’s Eve starts. The pink looks good so I hope it works for you!
Those are the two colors that worry me the most, the snow and the house!
I ordered the called for colors knowing I may change them. I know now that definitely want something whiter for snow. The house color has me so perplexed. But I have seen pictures of it in pink and I liked it.
What color did you use for snow?
I started in the upper left hand corner working the flowers and vine, love it!
Those colors can be so different, even sometimes when I order one skein, then a few months later, order another so I can imagine what it’s like for those who have skeins that are several years old and order new skeins.
For the snow, I’m using Grits.
I usually start in the upper right but I wanted to get to the house quickly so I started in the bottom right this time.