Well, I thought over all y’all’s comments on my earlier post, Leaves for the Bluebird Floral. Here is the photo of the three sample leafs from before, just to remind you.
I concluded that the lower leaf really was too dark. I didn’t like the left leaf much, but I could have set up a better variation of it using those types of grey-green colors. I could also have tried out some olive green and brown leaves. However, I still liked the upper leaf best. It was inspired by the color scheme used in my Plas Teg Bellpull project.
In the end, I made my decision by thinking about what adjectives I would like people to use for my project. The emerald greens and blues in the top leaf are exuberant. I think with grey-greens or olive-greens I might be closer to elegant. That’s not a bad place to be at all! But I want this particular project to be exuberant. In fact, I think I will rename my version Bluebird Joy. How does that sound?
I liked the suggestion in the comments to vary the leaf colors, so they are not all identical. To this end, I selected three shades of emerald green and two shades of blue (the lightest green isn’t represented here). You can see that the leaf on the left swapped a blue for a green. With five colors available, I can create a range of interesting leaves while still maintaining continuity in design.
I also added another flower and started work on the stems. The knotty effect is the Portuguese stem stitch, which seemed perfect for working branches.
One last question – I have some faint dirty hoop marks to the side of the embroidery. I switched to my Q-snap frame now, but what do I do about the marks? Should I just try rinsing the edge of the fabric out before I go further? What does one do about a little bit of dirt?