I've been playing with silk. Lesson 6 of the Cabinet of Curiosities has been a blast for me. I don't know why but despite many years of doing cross stitch from charts and needlepoint on painted canvas, it never occurred to me to draw and outline and fill it with tent stitch. Lesson 6 has the historical research behind this technique. And the theory behind the colour choices and gradations. I had already started work on a small purse on congress cloth to use at work for my cell phone and keys (most women's clothing does not have pockets!) so I started adding motifs. The first was this butterfly from a coif pattern (the squirrel is from an old cross stitch booklet and the violet is from a Long Dog sample)
Aren't these overdyed colours wonderful? Gloriana Peacock Blue, Opulent Orange, and Red Clay. It makes me happy just looking at the skeins next to each other.