“Anyone who has not tried working free cross-stitch should not be dismissive and think it sloppy or lazy.”
“It was said of Monet's working method in 1888 that, 'One of his great points is to use the same colors on every part of the canvas. Thus the sky would be slashed with strokes of blue, lake green and yellow, with a preponderance of blue; a green field would work in the same way with a preponderance of green; while a piece of rock would be treated in the same way with a preponderance of red. By working in this way, the same color appearing all over the canvas, the subtle harmony of nature is successfully obtained without the loss of color.”
“It is difficult at first -- especially if you enjoy traditional cross-stitch -- to think in terms of mood and movement. But crosses can lean and sway, dance all over the fabric or be heavy and strong. Lines of stitches can float and flow or suggest energetic purposeful movement. Crosses can be isolated or tumbled on top of each other. Variations in weight and direction can create any mood.”
“I stopped feeling uneasy that I was not using cross-stitch in the traditional uniform style when I said to myself that two lines can cross each other in a thousand different ways. They can come alive at my bidding; there are no rules to stop me. Actually saying this gave me the freedom to explore the possibilities.”
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