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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Those Beautiful Ditches

I've been quietly dreaming, and quietly stitching though this busy month.

I've been keeping my distance from blogging.  Here's why.  I have a new laptop and I'm finding it extremely difficult to trust.  The screen is so high res & the brightest one in the shop, but here back at home, it's greyish pinkish even at it's brightest setting.  I have it hooked up to a larger monitor to edit images and see them properly, but what a pain. (Stupid dumb laptop, why did ya have to die on me!?)  The more I read, the more I find that this is in fact what photographers have to do.  I'm still shaking my head at it all, as my last 2 laptops were brilliantly bright and perfectly set for colours.  Why can't I still have it like that?   I thought technology would improve, but I guess it's these thinner screens?

So - I feel like blogging is now one huge chore.  Ah well.  Maybe I'm just getting set in my ways.  lol On my laptop, the light yarns on the left of the above photo look like a dark mustard... maybe a hin of orange in them.  On my big old monitor the same yarns look like a bright chartreuse, almost flourescent lime yellow.  what does yoru monitor show?  And if anyone knows of a good online test screen for setting colours, please share the link.  I can't be the only one needing this.

You know... the old VCR still works of course.  Of course.

Off my rant.  Back to my embroidery.  (Thanks for listening.)

I started this large piece last July at the NB Handcraft Festival.  I worked at it some more in August where my son and I were doing public demonstrations.  It's been a slow go of it.  It's inspired by a ditch of alfalfa.  I was stuck because of not having the right colours.  Since then I've got a few wonderful bundles of yarn skeins and so I thought I should get back at it.

I think it's quite beautiful now.  The colours make me so happy.  I love the background very much.  I used those fantastic yarns from Prairie Lily Knitting - those greens & blues that I put in Where Sunlight Falls.  The foreground and flowers need more stitching, but at lat least now I am past the ugly phase and seeing the potential in this.

I'm so happy with it, in fact, that I will show you the backside.  : )  It's huge by the way, 14" x 8" or so without matting.

Have a great week everyone!

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Lin said...

Regardless of how the colours look on screen I think it is beautiful! Hopefully someone can help you with your screen problems. xx

Valerie Wilson said...


It looks OK on my screen.


Faith said...

The front (bottom) grasses look medium yellow (not mustard, chartreuse or florescent) with a green tint, on my tablet. It's a lovely piece.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Looks good to me, Monika, but I know what you mean. I use my iPad most of the time now and some things just work better on the laptop. But the ipad is so convenient for pictures. Oh well........lol

Suzanne Ramsay said...

Your colours are beautiful on my tv screen. I have attached a tv that we no longer need to my laptop with a cable for that purpose. I know there is a name, I just cannot remember the name of the cable. Mine is blue. The colours on my laptop are washed out as you mention, almost as if they have a layer of sheer organza or tulle over them. The tv screen is bright and beautiful. I have set the tv screen on a box so that the screen is just at the right height for me to look directly straight at it so no more hunching. I got this idea from my son who does computer animation and he needed the largest screen he could afford. At the time someone's cast of tv was cheaper than a bigger computer monitor.Hope this helps.

HollyM said...

On my I Pad the colors look good. A mustard yellow for the left hand yellow and chartreuse but not too Limey for the green.
Everybody's screens are different anyway.
When I'm lazy, I post with I Pad pictures which usually aren't as good as my camera.
I need a new computer as well and shudder to think of learning a new system.

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Yup.. that's basically what I do in studio. I think I have figured a way to calibrate just to be sure what I see is as close to the real thing as possible. Thanks everyone!

Terri said...

OMG - I even love the back. It's amazing. Love your art.

Linda said...

Looks fabulous to me!

Regina said...

Your embroidery looks fantastic! And I can empathize with your computer woes...once they are set to our needs it is difficult to get used to something new.
I have send a link to my computer technician son, perhaps he can find something to help you adjust your screen.

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