Color challenged...

Color challenged...

I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but my family has purchased a house in Burgundy. It is a in a small town on the Loire River and we got it for a song. It does need a ton of is about 900 years old !

Although it has been several decades since my husband and I purchased our first home, it has me in full nesting mode. Let me repeat, FULL NESTING MODE.

So while my husband frets about the trivialities of heating, plumbing and walls, I am focused on the all important paint colors and tiles. Not to mention sofa pillows.

I might be wrong, but it seems the direction these days is neutrals. Beiges, greys, creams. I personally love a swedish palette of soft seaside colors. Neutrals it would be!

Excited to make something for the new home ( which will hopefully be ready in my lifetime), I set forth on a needlepunch pillow of my own design. When I say "design" I mean dots.

Weavers' cloth in a neutral ecru color, check. Wool fibers (naturally muted), check. I tore through my stash and chose lots of neutrals, mostly Laine St. Pierre.  The St. Pierre can be mixed as it is four strands. Great, nuances of neutral.

But something happened along the way. I ended up  with a quite colorful pillow, despite my best efforts for a neutral palette.  When I made a grey dot the mauve screamed to be its neighbor. Wow, not enough color discipline to make it through one pillow. 

I am attaching photos. Tell me what you think. I think my chances for a neutral colored home are pretty hopeless.  But I tried, I really did. 

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  • Carla

    Mar 20, 2019


    It’s amazingly beautiful! Only one question-where’s the kit?

  • irshad

    Nov 04, 2018


    I just love your blog thanks for sharing such a nice article about embroideries.

  • Kim Scarrott

    Nov 04, 2018

    Kim Scarrott

    Oh yes, I see how that would difficult to stick to toned down neutrals! Those colours are exquisite and they will most obviously fit in with your new chosen paint! They look fabulous and those wonderful colours together add a sense of fun and anticipation. Enjoy your new home and all your stitching.

    Thank you for such beautiful embroidery.

  • Barbara Frey

    Nov 04, 2018

    Barbara Frey

    I absolutely love this! Neutrals are ok but put me into lethargy. If you want to continue with the neutral palette this piece would be a lovely accent. Keep your upholstery plain and neutral, like a natural linen, it is never dated and many things can be added and changed out to enhance it. Congratulations on your purchase, I’m envious.

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