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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Take It Further Challenge - April

As is the norm on the first of each month, Sharon B. released the concept and color palette for the Take It Further Challenge. The concept for April is "How Do You See Change?" Basically, is "change" welcome or avoided?

Until recently, I avoided change. I was set in my ways, very routine and regimented and I resisted it. Over the last couple of years though, I've come to welcome it. We can't avoid change. Every thought, every idea, every desire, every fear, every bit of information we gather and every observation we have contributes to change. We expand whether we want to or not. It's evolution and it's inevitable. It's the nature of reality.

That of course is "internal change". But our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. As above, so below. It's Manifest Destiny so to speak.

I have already chosen my theme based on Sharon's concept. The color palette that Sharon chose reminds me of the rusts and browns of Autumn and Winter (when there isn't any snow on the ground). Because I have come to welcome change, the title of my piece will be "Winter Into Spring".

As always, I will work with Sharon's color palette. This time I will use it only as the foundation for my block. My stitching will reflect the pastel colors of Spring as new life gradually emerges from the dark days of Winter.

For those of you who like to work with the color palette as well, here it is with the DMC Embroidery Floss #'s:

TIF April Palette

Please keep in mind that I matched these based on my monitor settings. All monitors are different. At first, that dark color looked like black to me. When I looked at it in my image software, I suspected that it was actually dark green. I let my computer figure that one out and yes indeed, it is a dark green.

I'll be treadling today. I want to get this block pieced up and ready to stitch. I haven't decided on a focal point yet. I'm thinking of bird, maybe a robin. I'm going to go through my vintage jewelry pieces and see what I have that I can use. If I don't have anything that will work, I may just embroider a robin on the block.

Stay tuned to see where this goes!


Judy S. said...

That's a perfect title from someone who's just survived a wicked Illinois winter! What better change is there than the coming of spring after a long winter? Can't wait to see what you do with this one!

BTW, I like your latest button block.

Doris said...

hi,thank you for the DMC floss :D i put a link in my blog,so more girls can see the conversion, again,thank you very much.

Marg in Calgary said...

Not planning to try the challenge this month -- too much else on the go -- but I thought I'd check out my DMC floss supply for those colours, seeing as you did such a wonderful job to match 'em. I discovered I didn't own a single strand of any of those colours!! And if I believe my fabric stash would also follow my generally-preferred colours, I wouldn't have any of 'em there, either. Oy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the DMC color for the TIFC. That is very helpful and I appreciate it.

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