Sunday, January 23, 2011
Tribute to Myra in blue
Almost two years ago, I designed this Tribute to Myra Piper. I love her little book! Last summer, my sister asked for the original piece, which she had framed for her daughter-in-law, who loves purple and green. Since this is the only piece I've designed, I decided I should have one of my own... in blue!
This one looks fine, but there are a couple of things I would do differently. First, I think the design shows up much better when done in two solid colors. There's no definition between the center motif (Myra's pattern) and the edging (my pattern). I think my next one will be two shades of blue.
If I do make another one with variegated thread, I'll be sure to use one of the exact colors for my solid. The center of this one is Peacock Blues, #149. The Handy Hands catalog lists the colors in this thread as Electric Blue Dk and Med, Ocean Turquoise Lt, Deep Royal Blue. The color I had on hand was #662, Turquoise Lt. It doesn't really show up in the picture, but I think the Turquoise Lt looks dingy next to the vibrant colors in Peacock Blues. I know... picky, picky, picky!
Why three shuttles? I'm trying to justify my shuttle collection. So as I work on each piece this year, I'm going to leave a little thread on each shuttle that I use. That way I'll know if I've truly used each and every shuttle! Myra's motif is done with shuttle and ball. My edging is done with two shuttles. Three shuttles down, ??? to go!