The Great Tidy Up is still in progress, and I unearthed these cushions some time ago.
I been waiting (not very patiently) for a little bit of sunshine in order to photograph them because the chart really doesn’t show the design to advantage.
They are worked in wool on 22 count canvas and are backed with thick silk from an old shirt, and are roughly one and half inches square (3.8 cm)
(I just kept working the background until it was the size that looked right to me.)
They were a little bit fiddly to embroider, but I think that they repaid the effort.
This chart is rather lurid and bright because it makes the different colours easier to identify.
The original (Victorian) chart was rather faded and not at all easy to follow.
Later the same day…
I have just asked about colours for this pattern –
Well, in the cushions that I worked there are –
3 blues (dark blue, mid-blue and pale blue) – these are distinctly different shades.
Lemon yellow (for the centre of the forget-me-nots)
3 greens (dark green, mid-green, paler green) – the dark green and the mid green blend and the paler green is quite a bit paler.
And for the rose –
1 pale pink, 1 dusky pink, 1 deepish “rose” hue, 1 “rose” red
Just off-white for the background.
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I think it is fun to play with the colour combinations and make something that is entirely your own and right for your house.
For example, the design works well with a white to blush pink/apricot roses, pink to red forget-me-nots and bronze / green foliage.