I’m taking a SHORT break from that Big Embroidery Project (which is more than half finished, and I WILL get it done by the deadline as long as the rest of my silk floss arrives in the mail in time) to update my Spoonflower stuff now that I have the first batch of test swatches.
Some of the colors didn’t come out as expected, but I like most of those anyway. The “Renaissance wyverns,” for example, are more of a dark duck-egg blue than the light indigo I wanted (to imitate the borders on those Italian Renaissance towels) but I decided to keep the duck-egg color and make a new version of the design in the other blue.
Wanna see what the wyverns look like…? Here they are: https://www.spoonflower.com/en/fabric/10465423-renaissance-wyverns-duck-egg-blue-by-red_tansy (If you like that one, check out my Assisi-style goats in red.)
About that embroidery project… I have learned that I don’t like doing long-arm cross stitch, and I don’t like stitching over two threads (I already knew that, actually — when I use linen, I normally stitch over one thread, so 28-count is 28-count instead of 14), and I’m not crazy about filling in the void spaces between the motifs instead of stitching the motifs themselves. But I had to do it this way for this project, because I DO NOT want to get myself into trouble by disagreeing (with solid evidence to back me up!) with some laurel-wearing Creative Anachronist who insists that They Didn’t Have That Back Then. (“Even-arm cross stitch isn’t period!” Really? I’m sure Bess of Hardwick and her involuntary houseguest Mary would’ve been surprised to hear that. Or even, “No one ever used cotton for fabric before the invention of the cotton gin!” Then why did Renaissance-era Italy have laws about who could weave cotton-linen blends and who couldn’t? *sigh*) The next time I stitch this design, it’ll be over one thread and not “voidwork” style. And probably in even-arm cross stitch. Silk on linen again, though, because I like that aspect of this project.