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« on: March 16, 2006 10:07:59 AM »

Hello I have this pattern:  http://www.colonialpatterns.com/images/HIT105/3937.gif     
Aunt Martha  "Handome Peacock"  # 3937    He is BIG  abt 16 x 20 inches. It will take me a long time... I'm sure. I'll do it till i get bored, then come vack to it.
I'm going to stich on a flour sack (I think) towel to frame.

I'm looking for color suggestions. I'll be using DMC brand.
I've not worked with metallic thread yet ... I'm want to try some small stuff with that & see how that goes first. Iw as thinking on some of the feathers like maybe a few in the upper tier, doing 1 strand of metallic & 1 strand or reg. thread. Any one tired this?

Also anyother suggestion, a flour scak towel ok to be framed?

Thanks for any tips or imput.

« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006 05:09:56 PM »

hmmmmm, I'm not sure about the colors. I would just bring a picture of a peacock that you like to the store and start matching shades.
If I were going to do that pattern, I would definitely stitch on something a little more substantial than floursack. Linen or cotton would be my choice, floursack towels can be flimsy.
Post with your progress, I'd love to see how it comes along.

« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2006 06:09:54 PM »

 Wink   Thank you.  Yes If I am going to put in the work I want it to last & look good.  So ... do oyu think I should use like all the same shades like just one green, one blue & onew gold  oor mix the sheades & use colors that are close, like two greens just a shade or two off?? 
... oh so many things to ponder.   lol      Which is funny cause i told my Gram I didn;t want to try cross stich kits because I'd want to choose my own colors. LOL

« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006 06:39:56 PM »

I would mix and blend greens, blues and golds- absolutely.
Just start it and if it's not working you can adjust as you go. It's just thread, don't be afraid.  Smiley

« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2006 12:05:51 AM »

I like to pick out all my colors in advance, but some folks like to pick as they go. I'd definitely use blue/green/gold but maybe even spice it up with a deep purple or fuschia.

Now a word about metallic thread - EVIL. There are many posts (you can search this board) agreeing with me. Pure evil. Some tips that CRAFTSTERS have shared were on how to use just a few strands at a time (two or three of the ten) and/or mix with plain thread. That does work, but is of course much less sparkly. You can also try Kreinik thread (comes on a spool more for machine embroidery) but I find that it twists a bit. There was even some advice on one of the threads about how to thread your needle for metallic thread. Just don't get impatient and know that you were warned about the frustrations of metallic thread. It looks awesome though!
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