Charting the Little Draba Plant

After refining my initial chart of the Draba, I skipped Gerda’s step of tracing just the outline of the squares without the grid, a step which makes any further errors more obvious.  Instead, I resorted to a tool Gerda didn’t have.

Years ago, I bought and downloaded a cross-stitch design program.  It’s pretty basic and has some definite idiosyncracies, but it makes converting a basic chart into something that actually has symbols for the colors neatly drawn fairly easy.  It doesn’t do the charting for you, just lets you put your ideas into a readable format, without your having to hand-draw every single symbol in every square.

I chose colors that I thought would look good (more about Gerda’s palette in an upcoming post) and clicked my way through putting my quick little chart into the program.

Draba-actual-chart-cap

 

 

And this is what the chart looks like!

It already looks more Gerda-ish, because it doesn’t have the areas of color outlined.

But what would it look like stitched up?

At this point, I have to admit that I’m pretty impatient.  I want to see this in cross stitch NOW, and I know that this is, for me, more than a quick evening’s work.  Augh!  Am I on the right track or not?

 

 

 

 

draba-mockupMy cross stitch program has one other feature.  It lets you look at the work as it would appear stitched on Aida fabric.  It’s not a perfect preview, because only a few colors of “fabric” are available.  The rendering of the weave of the fabric is distracting.  Worst of all, the thread colors are not  a good match for DMC thread.  Still, it’s a quick and dirty way of judging whether the overall design is balanced and pleasing.

Thus, this is a guesstimate of an approximation of a suggestion of what my design would look like stitched on chunky yellow Aida instead of lovely, ivory-colored linen or evenweave, and if the stems were done in black and not in green.

I am…  Optimistic.  What do you think?  Does it say “Gerda Bengtsson was here?”  Let me know in the comments!

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