This week's start was "Eiffel Quaker" by Jardin Privé. I have been wanting to start this one for ages... it has seriously been burning a hole in my stash pile!
|Eiffel Quaker - Jardin Prive|
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But... someone decided to put a spanner in the wheels of my plan!
Hubby came into the craft room while I was pulling the threads and getting ready to kit up and asked what I was doing... I showed him and he was like no.... wrong fabric, wrong threads! 😒
What the... NO.. right fabric, right threads!!
He then disappeared and come back with my V&A Marie Antoinette cushion and said Versailles! So we got out the book we bought when we went to Versailles a couple of years ago and drooled over all the opulence of that most glorious place for some inspiration.... (note: I should add that we are both addicted to the TV series Versailles!)
|Image from Chateau De Versailles website|
Of course hubby then said "No, wait! I have a better idea!...what about using the Les Miserables song "Red & Black" as inspiration". Yes, that could work!
Ok.... now for the purists amongst us the Eiffel Tower wasn't built til 1889 and Les Mis is set between 1815 & 1832... but there is a hint of romance throughout the Les Mis story and romance is synonymous with Paris and the Eiffel Tower! And, the Eiffel Tower was built to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the French Revolution... So we are drawing a slightly long bow with this one...
Anyway enough rabbit trails... on with the story...
So now we have gone from glamorous and chic, to opulence and over-indulgence and then to a story about poverty, romance and the French spirit!
I decided to keep the fabric the same - plain and simple background... but it was out with the floss box again - Jodyri Designs were put back into their box as they are too highly variegated for this new idea.... DMC black came out of the box... then I remembered that I had a WDW Liberty left over from stitching the L*K Paw Prints design.... bright red!
So the red and the black are sorted.... what next...
How about some blue for the third colour and some white for accents - blue, white and red to signify the French Tricolour flag maybe?
The WDW Sky is a nice light to medium blue variation - not too dark, and then B5200 for the white accents for some extra brightness. I did think about a darker blue but I didn't want the blue and black to be too similar.
I am still thinking of adding a tiny bit of gold here and there for the opulence and glamour of Paris but that's a long way off yet! For the time being my little bit of glamour is the pink glitzy poodle needle minder! I do have an Eiffel Tower needle minder on another project which I will find and add to this one next time.... always good to try and be matchy matchy!! 😏
I managed to get a good start on the first motif over the weekend.
So that's 2 starts for September so far.... there are 3 more weekends to come and I have at least one more start planned so I may be back next Monday again!
I must remember to take some progress photo's of my other WIPs as well.... oh well... that's for another day!
Til next time. happy stitching!