Monday, August 26, 2013

Paint by Numbers

Some of you may remember the 'paint by number' kits that were a big fad way back when.  When looking for an image to post I found out that they actually still exist.  For those of you who have never heard of them - they were preprinted designs with numbers in each little section and they came with pots of paint that were numbered.  Then the 'artist' could paint the picture following the numbers.   

As I work with my cottage pictures I make a point of writing down the floss color combinations that I use in each section.  Sometimes I have to go back to fill in a section, or I change my mind and want to put a different color in a different place, or - and this is most likely - I forget after leaving the stitching for awhile whether I used two strands of one color and one strand of the other - OR one strand of the one color and two strands of the other.  Yes, it can get a little confusing.

So there I am with my little drawing filled with 351 (2), 350 (1) and on and on.  Its been a lifesaver many times -- but as I looked at one of them the other day I thought - perhaps I should destroy these afterward lest someone think I was 'stitching by numbers'!!

"A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers." - Plato


  1. I remember Painting By Numbers! I can't imagine that anyone will believe you bought a kit for these things, especially when there is the evidence of your own writing to prove the origin of the design!

  2. Hey Thanks for that great tip. I used to love those paint by number kits when I was a kid. ANYONE could be an artist!
    xx, Carol

  3. My children have had painting by numbers kits from time to time, so you can still get them for children! I agree with Rachel - no one would ever believe something as lovely and skilled as your cottage was a kit!!

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