Ok, I'm all fired up this morning. I belong to some Yahoo groups and I don't always get around to reading the messages in every group. I try, but hey, sometimes you just can't. This morning while browsing some digests I ran across a post about a stitcher who stitched a sampler. The stitcher changed a color of the floss used in the design so that it would show up on the linen she chose for her project instead of using the floss in the chart key. She posted her finish and the designer contacted her and stated her opinion about her changing a color in the design.
I want to say here and now, I appreciate cross stitch designers. I know how hard it is to design anything. I've been trying to do some small designs the last couple of weeks and talk about a pain in the butt, but just because you tell me on the chart to use WDW Turkish Red, it doesn't mean that I might not want to change it out for some kind of blue or purple or pink if I prefer that. It's not an attack on you or your color palate, just my preference. Time and again all across the cross stitch BBs you will find stitchers who changed colors in a design for whatever reason.
Now if this design was a reproduction sampler and the designer thought the stitcher did something to insult the integrity of her interpretation of the reproduction sampler, the fact is, the designer who converted the sampler to chart form, I'm assuming, doesn't have the original threads the original stitcher of the sampler had at the time she was stitching it so it stands to reason that the designer, in her conversion, used threads she had available when she was charting the sampler. As stitchers we have to, many times, use the threads or fabric we have available and have to make adjustments in the color key for those changes.
I have several charts by this designer in my stash. I know of one that I will definitely be stitching differently from the chart. When I start this piece I will be posting it on my blog and I haven't pulled my chart but as far as I can tell there is no notation that I can't stitch it any way I want using whatever threads and fabric I want.
The cross stitch chart is a creative starting point. It is not law, it is not a sacred text, it's a cross stitch chart for crying out loud.
So baby, BRING IT!
PS: I intentionally did not include a link to the blog or the designer's name. I don't want to cause the stitcher any unnecessary pain and I sure don't want to promote this designer until I have one of her designs in progress with my changes clearly stated.
I'm a stitcher, hear me roar!