I just could no longer stand wondering and worrying if the floss choices that I selected for the "SOAR SAMPLER" were going to look how I wanted them. Designing a piece without actually stitching it, before putting it into pattern form, is very much out of the norm for how I do things. So rather then waiting (& worrying) to join you all for the SAL, I've cheated and did a little head start on you all. It won't be long before you are all caught up with me, because, well, I have a mail order pattern & design business to run during the week and my stitching is limited to just weekends.
What I've found after stitching areas that I was concerned about (adult eagle & horse), is that the DMC floss colors are looking fabulous on the 30 count Onyx linen that I'm using for my background. Use of hand-dyed flosses would look scrumptious too! And guess what? The cute little nest of eaglets lands smack dab in the center of the pattern...don't you love it when fun stuff to stitch lands there??!! You will see I sort of jump around when I stitch, it's the ADD in me! I always start in the center and work a small area and if there is a border I then bop over to that and complete it. That way I know the border meets and everything else needs to fit within this area. It's easier to do some "fudging" on the inside area rather then on a border in most cases... But, we don't make stitching mistakes do we?? Naaahhhh....didn't think so! Remember...count twice, stitch once!
If black isn't your favorite to work on, the chosen floss colors should also work just as nice on a light tan or tea-stained background, as well.
I would also like to clarify that this IS NOT an e-pattern. So if you're sitting and anxiously waiting for an email to appear in your in box from me, it ain't gonna happen!! This is a beautifully printed, full colored pattern that is on it's very way to your mail box...
I invite you to join in on the fun of this SAL. Begin sending digital photos starting Monday, April 18th. Please limit yourself to 1 photo. I'll begin posting pictures of WIP right here on the Friday of that week. Remember to let us know what fabric color/size and flosses that you are using. If you are blogging about this on your blog, give us your blog web address and I'll share these goodies as well.
With thy Needle & Thread,