Autumn Magic Question

I spent most of last week working on Autumn Magic.  I have really enjoyed working on this and this week was no exception.  This in spite of the fact that I am stitching background trees that are really just blobs of orange, yellow, and green.  This is what that page looked like at the end of the week:

However, I have been stymied by a question that came up while I was browsing through the Heaven and Earth website at the end of the week:  What is the difference between a regular chart and a chart with max colors?  Does the result justify the extra work of stitching a chart with increased confetti?

There are now two versions of Autumn Magic: a regular version and a max color version.  The only difference that I can see in the mock-ups between the two versions is that the max color version is lighter.  I like the lighter version because I think that the chart that I am stitching is eager to choose black when the colors get darker.  Logic would indicate that more colors would increase the amount of confetti in the piece and that it should increase the detail as well.  However, I wonder if there is some kind of law of diminishing returns when it comes to the number of colors in the chart.

Has anyone had experience with this?  Have you ever compared the two versions and determined which is the best?

I suspect that in order to find the answer to my question I am going to have to stitch at least a page of the max color version so that I can see the difference.  Based on the results of that experiment I will probably decide whether or not I want to switch versions. However I can’t do this experiment right now and I don’t want to spend time working on this project if there is a possibility that I will be changing to the max color version.  So for now I am putting this project on hold.

3 thoughts on “Autumn Magic Question

  1. sewingbutterfly

    I would love to see a page or half page of each side by side. It is always tough to restart though. Especially as you have made really lovely progress! But at the same time, if you love the look of the max colour, do it!!

  2. Brian, I love your flosstube channel and am so happy that you have more frequent updates here!

    To go max color or not is a tough decision. Are you on the Heaven and Earth Facebook group? They recently posted the first page of an Aimee Stewart chart in all its iterations – mini, regular, regular max color, supersize, and supersize max color. (Searching “max color comparison” in the group should do the trick.) Some charts look great with more colors, in others it doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference. The mockups are usually a good guide.

    I’ve never done a max color chart but by all reports the confetti is something else! A regular HAED has 90-ish colors, and max colors can go up to 250 so… yeah.

    At least one other person is doing regular Autumn Magic in the group right now and she’s starting at the top, if you’d like to see what’s ahead. I’m not sure if you’re on Facebook but I find the group, as well as the old fashioned bulletin board linked from the homepage, a great source of info. Hope that helps!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this with me.! I am on Facebook and a member of that group so I will have to check it out. I don’t really see a lot of difference in the mockups between the two versions of Autumn Magic, just that one is lighter than the other. You make me think that I should just continue on with the version I am working on. Once again, thanks!

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