24 August 2010

Need some decision-making help

Can you help me?

I need to pick a backing fabric for Hoppy Halloween. The finished design can be seen
here. Unfortunately, the link to the design doesn't work. I'm thinking it's due to the computer crashing she talks about under that.

This is my WIP on light blue DMC aida. I know, I know, ugh, it's not the best stuff. But it was inexpensive. And, this being an ornament for me, not something I want to spend a great deal of money on.

This is the fabric I have to back it. Or really, this is the best fabric I have to back it. Everything else is just not stylistically right or it's cat-themed, and . . . well, there is something inherently WRONG about having mucho black cats so close to a rabbit. Even if it is a witch rabbit. It's just poor livestock management and I pride myself on running a tight ship in that regard. I can't go and buy other fabric. That is not in my budget right now, not with wedding stuff, and the fact that my car tags are expiring in a week. And I am trying to be a bit more respectful of my possessions by using the things I have, not shoving them away in a box for "later."

There are pros and cons to each of them.

The purple is swirly and mysterious, but there's no purple in the design. I can, however, pull a purple glittery for the wording. So that is fixable. Had I known better, I would have made the hat royal purple, but I didn't. HTB suggested I pick out the black and do it in purple. I gave him such a look!

The middle one is whimsical. You can't automatically tell they're not bunnies. And they very well may be bunnies mixed in with the cats. I don't know. I think it fits the fun style of the piece the best, but I'm not sure about the cat/rabbit issue.

The orange is the safe choice. The matchy-matchy choice. It picks up the hatband. Color theory-wise, it complements the blue fabric. But it's safe. Safe is . . .not always so safe.

I'm torn. What would you pick?


Natasha said...

Okay I am partial to the purple I LOVE purple. HaHaHa your HTB is funny, pick out the black. Thats a good :0)

I would suggest a purple for the wording. I love the purple. The middle fabric seems to busy, and the orange, you'r right is safe.

I look forward to seeing what you decide. That is really a cute design.

Take Care

riona said...

I'd go with the purple and add a bit of purple to the design ... wherever appropriate. I don't see bunnies on the whimsical fabric, I see cats, cats and more cats. As to the safe choice: acceptable but boring and you are not a boring person.

Beth said...

I agree, go with the purple, but I, too, would stitch the lettering in purple to bring it together.

Good Luck

Deborah said...

I also really like the purple. The orange might go better but it's boring.

Vicky said...

I would go with the purple, but then again I love purple LOL

Blu said...

Not the cats. Just no. Orange is not-Halloween-but-fall (if that made any sense). I'd say the purple and go with the purple lettering. It's more Halloween.

mbroider said...

Me partial to the purple too... Bring in some purpling, ha ha... How about putting some purple swirls/dashes apart from the glitter??

Good luck with your choice

Bette said...

I'm not usually a fan of purple but I like that one. That's what I'd go with. I'm not sure I'd like the orange with the blue fabric and the other, while darling, is too busy for me.

Carol said...

Another purple lover here, Rachel! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)

Meari said...

I can't really choose a fabric until my stitched pieces are done up. I like to lay them against each other. I'm sure whatever you choose will be great!

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls