Saturday, December 3, 2011

HUGS from Robin - part four

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

My original color scheme for the HUGS canvas was cream, tone-on-tone, with Kreinik 102 for a metallic accent. It looked pretty while I was auditioning stitches... elegant and safe... all at the same time. Then I started to think about you... the stitcher... the customer... the student and not just... me. What if one didn't like a tone-on-tone idea? Could one see beyond the cream for wonderful color opportunitites? Would the cream tone-on-tone get this canvas design overlooked?

So I decided to bring in some other color options for the HUGS canvas.

When I think of wonderful colors, I think of hand-dyed and over-dyed threads. Gloriana, ThreadworX, DMC, Sampler Threads, Weeks Dye Works, and Caron Collection are just some to spark your interest. I studied all of the colors and began to pull those which spoke to me. Again, the beauty of this canvas is that you can pull colors which speak to you! Here are some examples from the Gloriana Threads website. Anne Frazier makes the prettiest color-ways. Check them out at your next opportunity.

Then, I picked a solid color. I did keep the cream going by selecting Splendor S802. Remember, I was still smitten with the Dream pillow's pink & white diamonds. I didn't want to exactly copy it, but I sure was inspired by it.

Oh, one note from some previous comments: the schematic diagrams were done in green because I needed a color for "illustration" purposes; when I was doing the charting, I was still in a cream, tone-on-tone mode... which would be hard to read on the computer. But, if green makes you happy... then go for it.

My hand-dyed thread choice was Laura's Garden (#084) from Gloriana Threads. The flowing colors are so beautiful. They made me happy. I also saw some other solid color opportunities to introduce, if needed.

Hugs (GS 11) by Gayla Elliott
Available through Alice Peterson Co. / Stitch Guide by Robin King
So here is what I chose: a hand-dyed thread, a solid thread, a metallic thread, a sparkly thread and a Neon Rays. Like I said... the color combinations are endless. I can't wait to show you how it is looking. 

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin


  1. OK. I understand about the green now. I do like your choices and can't wait to see how it turns out. Keep us posted.

    Stephanie in Texas

  2. Hi Stephanie. Glad you are liking the choices. Like I've been saying... the possibilities are endless.

  3. Hi Leigh,
    Good to hear from you. These pastel colors were "comforting" to me... they hugged my heart. LOL... Thanks for visiting the blog. Hope your broken finger is getting better.


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