A couple of you have asked for my thread choices for Hands to Work's design, Spring Violets. I'll start by referring back to the photo:
So, starting with the borders - I used GAST Harvest Basket (golden brown), DMC 471 (bright green) and Old Willow Stitchery's Christmas Thyme (medium green). You could also use GAST Dried Thyme. It's almost identical.
The snow is DMC 3033. The green layer is OWS Christmas Thyme. The brown layer is WDW Kris' Bon Bon.
The flowers are OWS R.I.P. Purple, and the lettering is in OWS Plantation Purple. If you like my choices, but can't find the OWS threads, you could use any two variegated purples here, one lighter (flowers) and one darker (lettering). I'll bet there are tons of nice choices out there. The flower leaves are OWS Christmas Thyme and DMC 471.
Finally, my fabric was 28ct Lavender Bliss Jobelan.
Julie was my inspiration for this stitch, and when I was in Topeka, we took photos of her piece, my piece (still unfinished at that point), and the original design.
I should tell you that Julie's fabric (far right) is gorgeous. It's actually much more subtly colored than you might think from this photo. And we saw two (maybe three?) different versions of this in the shop hop stores. One on stitched on a light background fabric, one done on the darker fabric, and the third one is playing around the edges of my memory. Julie...do you remember?
With my limited experience at recoloring someone else's design, this was a good piece to experiment with because of its limited number of colors. I did a bunch of experimental stitching and ripping, but curiously enough, it wasn't frustrating. I actually really enjoyed the process. (Isn't that too crazy for a Project stitcher like me?) It felt creative and freeing.
Do you all remember Anna's Swirly Gig Challenge from last year? That was another good one to recolor. And we all had a good time with it, so I guess what I'm saying is that if you haven't recolored something, give it a try!