Week in Review 2021 – 04/02

More is More

I believe more is more when selecting the fabric for my artwork. What I mean by this is why use one green fabric when you can use 10 or more? By including a variety of fabrics there is the ability to have gradations, such as going from light to dark. Another advantage is it allows one to create dappled light or a sense of shadow. Think of the difference between chartreuse, Kelly green, or a very dark green with more blue than yellow.

The sky, river, and marshy grasslands are created from over 2,500 individual squares and triangles.
Sunrise Over the Gulf River – Note the variety of greens and blues used in this piece which help convey the early dawn light not yet illuminating the marsh land, but already causing the water shimmer.

More is Less

However, there are also times when more is less. Black fabric dye lots vary, often rather dramatically. When black is used to create a pattern in one of my pieces, as it is being used in Sunrise Over the Atlantic, I make sure to only use the same dye lot.

Sunrise Over the Atlantic in progress. Note the variety of blues as opposed to a single black fabric.

More OR Less

Sunrise Over the Atlantic is a more or less piece. 🙂 I’m choosing to vary my blues and other hues with a combination of hand dyed graduated fabrics and a few commercial fabrics thrown in the mix. I specially purchased a rich Amish Black to be sure all my black fabric comes from the same dye lot.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. What beautiful work! I agree about the colors blending, shading, and transitioning. I think that’s what I like best about cross-stitch.

    1. There is a reason why ombre is so popular and the demand for variegated threads stay high. The first time became intrigued by colors laid out in tight proximity was when I was introduced to the Pointillists. Fascinating.

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