Sorry for the pause… I was under the weather for a few days.
I did finally manage to design enough of the corner of the scene to feel I should stop and actually do some stitching to make sure of my color choices:
A little note: I’m planning to add flowers to the greenery… but I’m not happy with how it looks with just plain cross stitches on the computer screen. So I’ll be experimenting as I stitch. Now that I’d like to do some stitching, I need the color symbols translated into black and white glyphs so I can print it out and read it. (I can’t stitch from a computer screen. I’ve tried, trust me.)
Because this piece is so huge, I’ve broken it up into various areas so I can work with smaller “satellite” files as I design. I love my little G4, but alas, it is slow with gargantuan files. I have a file for the city scene at the top of the piece. I have one for the lettering. I have this one for the cloister scene, and so forth. But, I do have a main file in which all of the designing I’ve done so far has been recorded. It’s in this file that I’ve done all of the editing to black and white (thus far). When I finish designing something in one of my satellite files, and I’m ready to try some stitching, I copy and paste the color symbols into the main file where they are supposed to be located in the design:
The red line in this image outlines roughly the symbols I’ll copy and paste into the main file:
Then into the main file in the proper location:
Viola! The symbols are translated. Next, I print out this area… which I’m sure you’ve noticed is really pretty small compared to the rest of the cloister scene space. Sigh. I feel like I’ve been working on it forever! But that’s the way my process goes: I struggle and work to get colors just right… but when I do, things generally move along much more quickly after that.
and I’m ready to stitch:
The cloister scene fits into the blank area. My fingers are itching to get to it!
The moment of truth: will the colors work, or will I be going back to the drawing board? I’ll let you know soon!