Saturday, June 26, 2010

Color as therapy

I find that color is a great mood lifter. And I have been applying color therapy to myself quite a bit lately ... mainly through stitching and sewing. Instead of sticking to my June stitching goals of projects with somewhat subdued coloring, I have been starting projects with lots and lots of luscious colors.
Having finished SB's Be a Witch, I promptly started Crescent Colors' Saloon from the Indy Market Town Square SAL. I am using the suggested Crescent Colors and they are such a joy ... Blue Moon, Sunkissed and Tennessee Red Clay are definitely going to become part of my personal design pallette. It doesn't hurt that I am stitching this design on a Silkweaver 28 ct Cashel linen named Starquest ... a lovely overdye of light to medium blues with a touch of indigo ... instead of the more neutral fabrics of my June goals projects. In the past, I have only used Crescent Colors cotton overdyes that came in the Prairie Schooler Annual Designer Santa kits ... but then I discovered Crescent Colors' Belle Soie silks and have been buying them where ever I find them ... and now I am broadening my exploration of the overdyed cottons, as well. I find these cottons have a softer hand than either WDW or GAST and I have every intention of deepening my stash of this fine fiber. I just ordered some more skeins to kit up the single mermaid chart in Workbasket's I Heard the Mermaids Singing, which I will be stitching on Starquest as well.

I tend to be rather conservative in my wardrobe as well: going with classic styles and subdued shades like grey, sage, slate, dusky rose or basic black. But even here I have been applying color therapy: I just purchased a pair of sky blue sandals and a pair of butter yellow ballet flats, as well as two floral print dresses, one in candy red and one in leaf green. I don't know how long my love affair with color will last but I fully intend to enjoy every minute of it while it lasts. What's the point of being "a certain age" if one can't indulge one's whims?!? Bring on the rainbows!


Donna said...

Yes, I think color can be a therapy. I am doing Warm Water Wash by Raise the Roof and I just love all the colors. Makes me smile!

mainely stitching said...

I dragged around in black through most of my 20's, convinced it was the cool thing to do. Now that I'm in my 40's, I'm all for the color!! LOL! Have fun - life's too short to be dingy!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I agree with you colours can either excite you, bring you down or calm you. I love vibrant colours you can often find me wearing red or a fuscha/pink!