Mosey and Me's contribution to the 2006 Indy Town Square series, The Book Shop. This piece called for Anchor floss of which I have very little in my stash. So I decided to go upscale and stitch it entirely in Belle Soie on 28ct Meditation linen, a pale blue overdyed fabric. My substitutions are as follows: Icing for #2, Old Crow for #403, Wheatgrass for #831, Cabbage Patch for #875, Collard Greens for #876, Creme de Menthe for 878, Wheatgrass for 886, Ocean Tide for #1035, Chocolat for #1050, Bahama Breeze for #9159 and Cranberry for GAST Rhubarb. I realize my version makes for a somewhat darker shop than was charted but I always think of bookshops and libraries as having the colors of an old English gentleman's club: rich, elegant deep tones. At least, if I owned a bookshop, that's the way I would paint it. I particularly like the roof, made to look like an open book laid down in a spine destroying manner of which I would never be guilty ... but a clever conceit nonetheless.
JAB Co Button Shop. I didn't order the button pack as charted since I have a fairly extensive collection of buttons, having inherited both my mother's and my grandmother's button jars. I found replacements that suited my purposes. And as to the fibers, I did have more than half of the recommended WDW colors in my stash and substituted near-matches from my stash of WDW and GAST for the remainder. I changed the colors around a bit though. The WDW Whitewash storefront is now WDW Collards to match the roof and provide better contrast for my mother-of-pearl buttons. The WDW Raspberry door and gutter trim are now WDW Whitewash to compensate for removing the white from the storefront.