Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Primitive Needle's Witch's Hollow

I finished the owl at the top of the piece in spite of some confusing symbols placed side by side: ( for Seaweed and ) for Light  Khaki.  Usually, I fall for the whole tromp d'oeill thing and end up doing some serious frogging when this sort of thing occurs.  But, happily, this time I saw the problem immediately and avoided mistakes.  I do wish all designers everywhere would make it a priority to avoid using deceptively similar symbols in a single chart.   I am wary ever since I fell into a symbol trap while stitching Brightneedle's Ghosts and Ghoulies over one and it has been languishing ever since.  I have yet to face the onerous  task of frogging the error.

Anyway, back to Witch's Hollow.  I made a whole bunch of substitutions using GAST and Crescent Colors to fill in the gaps in what I thought was a substantial WDW stash.  It entailed about a half hour staring at color charts on line and then making judgment calls about stash in hand.   In some cases, I'll be replacing one missing WDW color with several of the other brands, e.g., WDW charcoal will be replaced by GAST Onyx for the Bats but by GAST Raven and Soot and CC Blackbird for other motifs further on down the page.  The same goes for some of the shades of grey.  It just seems silly not to use what I have.  The whole point of building such an extensive stash while working was to avoid expense once on the reduced income of retirement.

I am going to have a lot of fun with this piece.  I enjoy Halloween themes and love the style of Primitive Needle.  The designer's untimely death was a sad loss.

5 comments:

mainelystitching said...

I have had the same complaint, also with a Brightneedle chart, but I let the error stand. Frogging over one has got to be one of the worst chores!!

krayolakris said...

Looks great!

Julie said...

It looks super. I always try to substitute something I already have to save funds for things I really need.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

This is a great design. I love the effect of the variegated thread on the house.
Sadly the first time I heard of this designer was when she died. She was not well-known in the UK which is a shame. Hallowe'en is not such a big theme here. Apart from on my blog!

Mary in TN said...

I thought I would use my stash in the same way--substitutions if necessary when I retired. However, I still save money to go to the XS shop to purchase new things! Just cannot get out of the habit.

Mary