I'm running behind already this month - have been ill with a bug I acquired on the plane returning from my wonderfull holiday with a son in north Florida. Antibiotics are as highly regarded by me at the present time, and as necessary as the internet and blogs. I had a bit of trouble with light today, as the cloud cover keeps shifting and the sun peeping through - but here is what I have pulled from the heaps and heaps of great fibers (and some not so great, but treasured anyway) in my stash. The colors are included in my repertoire of "favorites" - that purple used to be called "eggplant" in the 70's, and then became "plum" at some point. We had no fine name for it in color theory, but the variations of purples available in needlepoint threads is unbelievable. I remember Maggie Lane in her book NEEDLEPOINT BY DESIGN describing choosing a color scheme for her elegant work by just dumping out a trunkful of yarn and letting things fall where they may. I do remember her description of one of her favorites - "eggplant" with soft blue green. In this array, I chose for texture also, as the almost sheer Spark Organdy by YLI, the Petite Very Velvet by Rainbow Gallery, and of course the Kreinik metallic ribbon that I so enjoy. Of course I have chosen to do my usual - a needlepoint version of Art Crazy Quilt - my new kind of design that has been totally inspired and encouraged by the ladies (mainly Allison Aller) who create art with fabrics and embellishments. I spend more time cruising these blogs than I do on the ones about needlepoint. The next step will be to draw a design and start pulling threads!!