Updated May 25, 2021.
From the time I was little, I have loved color. Until recently I even collected paint color chips, just because I like to look at them. One of the things I love best about needlepoint is the way I can play with color. And, even better, with the different threads I can play with both color and texture.
I’m thinking about this today as I gaze out on the messy pile which is my desktop and think about what I want to stitch today.
Being a stitch guide writer I have many, many color cards and several of these are sitting on my desk right now. As are some piles of thread. It makes for a very colorful jumble.
This is also how I organize my bookshelves, everything jumbled together.
Why is this important?
Because it illustrates what is, for me, an important principle of creativity — serendipity. I don’t look for things that go together, color cards just pile up as I pull them out to use in picking a thread. If I’m going to need them again, I keep them out. Threads used and not put away suffer the same fate.
It isn’t planned, it just happens.
This morning when I look out at the desk, I see a shimmering red-gold in Sparkle Braid which is going to have me seeking a design for it. Some light violet Flair sitting under similar violets in Needlepoint, Inc floss that will make great backgrounds for a series of paisley designs I’m doing. And in my bag of used threads, a collection of dark cool colors accented by a bright red metallic. That could be another Bargello pillow for my daughter (who wants a pile for her couch).
There is lots of cool needlepoint sitting here, just waiting for me to stitch it.