Thankyou for the encouraging comments on the colour piece.
Jacqui, I am not sure what, if anything I will do with my year's worth of challenges (at this stage I am very keen to keep up and produce 24 - time will tell!). At the moment they are just hanging around my loom room - currently my stitching room - being decorative! As I roam around all the exciting textile blogs I look at journal books and folios that have been made from samplers and think maybe? Yesterday I considered the possibility of a 2009 calendar - maybe just using photos or scans of the embroideries would be more practical. I wonder how many other people not producing quilt blocks have made a decision on how to handle these pieces already.
Now my colour question! As a weaver I have been weaving long enough to very well know that using two or more different values of a particular colour can give a fabric ever so much life. In the last three years I also have become fascinated by the almost unexpected colour interactions that can occur when one uses fine enough threads and different colour combinations with a single draft. So I am surprised that it took me so long to realise that I could combine the threads in equal or unequal proportions to give an effect I might find acceptable. Having said that, I have spent quite some time trying to work out why the palette of DMC skeins on the table did not appeal to me. Is it I just need more practice? Was my right brain completely turned off? Is it because I am so new to design for embroidery? I just don't know! Since my wardrobe is full of shirts and jackets mainly in colours that range from red-violet to blue-green I am totally puzzled by my inability in deciding how I might use that particular combination. It makes me wonder if I was alone in suffering from this dilemma.
When I first began to weave I was not comfortable with colour and would have happily spent my life using only white and cream threads. I worked hard to overcome this attitude - especially after someone made the comment "You need to be born with a colour skill - it is something that is impossible to learn!" Well, that was a real challenge and from that day on I was determined to do what was necessary to disprove that theory. After a three day workshop on colour with Sharon Alderman I read everything I could find on colour theory and spent hours just playing with coloured threads of different shades and size. So by now I am quite comfortable, indeed, very happy, to use colour when I weave. In the next post I will try to load some 4 colour double weave photos.