I've just made a floss/silk toss on my fabric so you can see some of the colors I've started chosing. I thought it also helped bring to life the very small portion of the lace top border I'm working on for the beginning of the Sampler.
These pastel silks will represent Maria Antionia Josepha Johanna of Austria, 13 years old, the shy, youngest daughter of Maria Theresa of Hapsburg, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire of the Germanic Nations and the Emperor Francis of Lorraine, the year she became betrothed to the Dauphin of France, Louis Auguste, the future King Louis the XVI of France. This first segment of the Sampler will speak to her early childhood symbols. And will include some of the Hapsburg crest and ribbons. As well as some flowers indigenous to the German/Austrian areas.
I'm looking for an alphabet to use in this section that is Germanic.
I don't want the sampler to be "too sweet" and without substance, so don't think that since it starts out this way, it will be this pastel and prettiness throughout. Any fine tapestry needs darkness and light. Just as any story has to have the mystery and agnst to make love and life all the sweeter.
Here is a fun picture from my art collection of a theatre watercolor of Marie and Louis...
I'll keep stitching on my lace this weekend!