March is almost over, and so is the March section of my Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler SAL. The section has a border around it, but I decided to play the waiting game and see what April brings, and then choose whether I want the border or not. If I end up keeping the border, I think I might go for the same long-armed cross stitch that I used for the February border. If I don’t keep the border, I’ll add some regular cross stitches along the vertical edges.
Figuring out the colors for this section was pretty difficult. I’d wanted to use my main color for the dragons, and splash around other colors for the remaining items, but I had a hard time deciding on the secondary colors. I actually colored in the chart to see how various combinations appear, but I didn’t like any of them. Finally, I even tried to change the colors of the dragons, but honestly, that looked even more horrible to me. 🙂
Eventually, I had enough of the agonizing planning, and decided to just make the dragons first and think about the other colors later. And in the end, discarding color after color, most of the section ended up in the main color. Surprisingly, I’m not too disappointed. 😉
The most time I spent was on the Sun. I tried using the pink for it, but it was too overwhelming. I then used a yellow which was too underwhelming. I definitely wasn’t going to shop for a skein that’s exactly the right shade of yellow/orange, so I tried out something else and liked it – making the first set of half stitches in pink, and overlaying them with the other set of half stitches in yellow. It gives a somewhat speckled appearance to the Sun but not in an attention-grabbing way, and I like this look better than if it were a solid shade.
Now to see what April will look like, and figure out how to finish the March edge!