At this point, it is just a matter of choosing the colors, placing them onto the design - and deciding on stitches. The two patterned patches - inspired by silk tie fabrics, are more effective placed apart and not touching. After placing those, it was a matter of laying a skein of thread (Caron Soie Cristale) onto a patch to see where it looked best in the grand scheme of things.The blue/green patch on the right came about, as the original color I chose was too light, and the darker one was too dark - so inventiveness worked here! I simply mixed them to create a sort of tweed look by using T-stitch, and alternating colors on each row. It will be most interesting to start choosing the colors for the seam treatments - and then on to the silk ribbon flowers to embellish. (and the beads!)
I have shown this one before - one of my Talavera designs now produced by Creative Needle of Dallas, and inserted into the top of a gorgeous moire' jewel case (a built-in). It's almost finished, and only needs about another square inch of work, and a few more beads. I especially like the way the little green beads look placed in the diaper pattern area on the dots. I used red shimmer blend YLI ribbon floss for the bump stitches on the squares on the diaper pattern, as well as in the centers of the pink flowers. Otherwise - the pattern and vibrant color would be a mess if cluttered with any more textured stitches. The next post will be about another bit of buried treasure - this time Inge's beautiful bargello ornaments, worked entirely in metallics and in Christmas colors. Stay tuned!