What better way to introduce a new series than through a series of posts about color? Especially considering the theme I chose for my ornament series. Here are a few sneak peeks. Can you guess the color theme?
Introducing my new ornament series … A Blue and Silver Christmas. There are twelve total designs – the first six will be released next week, with the remaining six ornaments being released at the beginning of October.
The first to be released are Firs, Bows & Ribbons, Shine, Twinkle, Snow Fall and Noel Wreath.
I have a few things to say about this series and my ideas and thoughts behind it. I hope you will continue reading and see all the possibilities I envisioned when designing this series.
When I first conceived the idea for A Blue and Silver Christmas, I was hoping for an ornament series which wasn’t as blatantly Christmas-themed, so they could then be possibly used throughout the winter season. My other thought was to create an ornament series which could be color customized, since I used very few colors in these designs. This makes it easy to change up the color scheme without being intimidated by a large color palette. I chose a blue/silver color scheme so these could be displayed all winter but you may choose another color scheme to make them more Christmas oriented. In keeping with the blue/silver theme, I used opalescent linen as well as metallic threads and beads to give it that extra sparkle. However, the use of these items is not necessary. In the cases where metallic threads were used, they were blended with a DMC floss so you can choose to use strictly DMC instead. French/colonial knots or even full cross stitches can be substituted for the beads.
Just for fun, I stitched up two ornaments using other colorways to see what would happen. This will give you an idea of what you could possibly do in choosing alternate colorways. Don’t be afraid to experiment. The beauty of stitching ornaments is that they are small pieces so if you don’t like your choices, you don’t have to feel as if you invested a lot of time in a “mistake”. In my original designs, I used five DMC flosses – two “silvers” and three “blues”. In the following example, I stitched “Bows and Ribbons” with a red/gold colorway – I used DMC 729 and 167 (gold tones) to substitute for the silvers and DMC 321 and 498 (red tones) to substitute for the blues. In the original design, the bow is stitched with a blue DMC floss and a blue metallic floss (blended). Instead of stitching the bow this way, I changed it up a bit and stitched the gold stripes on the package with a combination of gold metallic floss and a gold DMC. The only reason for this is that I did not have red metallic floss on hand. You could certainly keep it like the original design and stitch the bow with metallic floss. Instead of white opalescent linen, I used “Dirty” linen by Zweigart. Any beige-y neutral would work for a red/gold color scheme.
In this next example, I stitched “Firs” with a green/gold colorway. I used DMC 729 and 167 (gold tones) to substitute for the silvers and DMC 936 and 937 (green tones) to substitute for the blues. In this ornament, I also changed it up from the original a little bit. In addition to using metallic floss for the box around the word “firs”, I also used metallic floss for one of the trees. Again, I used the “Dirty” linen.
Purple/silver is another colorway which would work beautifully for this series. I substituted purple for blue in my designing software and loved how it looked. How about using a pale blue linen for this color scheme or even a gray? Red/silver is maybe not an obvious choice but it also works well. Keep in mind that one particular colorway may not work throughout the whole ornament series. For example, “Silver Bells” may look strange in a green/gold colorway since your bells will be gold instead of silver. You could stitch half of the ornaments using one colorway and the other half with different choices.
Have fun, be creative! That was my goal in designing this series, to possibly embolden stitchers to change colors from an original design. Ornaments are perfect for experimenting as they are small and not as intimidating as a large piece. Make it your own and be bold in your experimentation. I would love to see your alternative choices if you decide to go that route.
I’d like to thank my sister, Valerie Leith, for her beautiful finishing work. Also, I’d like to thank Honeybee at The Copper Fox, as her beautiful blog and tutorials provided inspiration for Val’s finishing work, as well as endless cross stitching inspiration to me as well.
Also set to be released next week is It’s Crunch Time. This piece was stitched on 32-ct. Creme Brulee by R&R Reproductions (32-ct. Light Mocha from Zweigart is a good substitution) with DMC threads and one Gentle Arts thread (Autumn Leaves).