Saturday, December 29, 2012

Playing with Shapes

 One of my homework assignments for stitch class is to design with geometric shapes for an applique piece. So I picked out a couple of shapes, cut them out in paper and played with moving the shapes around.

 Here's one with a black background. This one reminded me of a skull. Not what I had in mind.
 So I tried on a white background. Dull.

I liked this arrangement slightly better.

Taking it off the angle.

 Add a bit more.

 More layers to add more detail.

Move the little black shapes higher?

Adding more of the medium tear drop shapes.

This one isn't bad. But still kind of dull.

How about adding a few more circles?

Do a little switcharoo?

Move the smaller elements down?

Another switcharoo?

Change out the top element?

It needed something else at the top now.

Let's start again.

 Hmmm... not much better.

Perhaps I'll add horns??

 And now a new head?

This is silly.

Maybe add a wreath to the top?

Now we have a silly cyclops.

Add a few circles to make it look less like a figure?

Or just add legs?

Turn the legs the other way?

 Sort of clown like.

 Not much better.

 Hmmm... this is getting nowhere.

Turn the top teardrops over?

 This kind of looks vaguely peacock like.

 What if I put the bigger element on top? I kind of like this one. But I have a hard time with symmetrical designs. Perhaps I should try something asymmetrical?

Now that's completely different. But do I want to start all over at this point? I don't think so. Which one do you like? Why? This was a fun exercise and it goes much faster if you don't stop to take a photo of every single example.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Holiday Season

Sorry it's been a while since I posted last. I was off to my stitch class, then I had company and it's the holiday season. It's getting busy at the store (that's a good thing) but it gives me less time to do those few extra things at work that I usually do. At least I have all my Christmas shopping done except for my hubbie. He won't tell me what he wants. Somehow, I've run out of ideas. Anyone have any good ideas for a techie sort of guy who loves gadgets and the newest technology? He usually just buys everything for himself so he already has it all making it difficult to find a good gift.

 I have been getting goodies in the mail. This beautiful notebook cover with address book inside is from Zed. Now that I look at the photo, I think it's upside down but you get the idea. She's used a bunch of felt scraps and stitched them together. The closure is great.

 Here's the back of the notebook. Sorry about the distracting bit in the upper right corner. I don't have a editing program for photos at work.
 Here's a photo of the inside. It's perfect - Thanks Zed.
This is a photo of a scarf that I silk painted when our local surface design group met in November. Louise has a steamer so she volunteered to steam our work so it would be wash safe. This scarf is a wool and silk blend and it came out better than expected. 

This was a small silk handkerchief sized piece that I put into a embroidery hoop to paint. I was just playing with colors to see how the paint worked wet on wet and on dry fabric. I think I will add some stitching to this piece. 

 This is a felted card from Ann. Isn't it a wonderful winter scene?
Ann also sent this gorgeous silk that I'm sure she dyed. It's purple and gold and I love it. I want to rush home and nuno felt a scarf with it. But I'm not sure that is going to happen any time soon. Thanks Ann!

I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends and I really appreciate their gifts and friendship. It's amazing the number of fiber friends I have online from all over the world. Isn't it great that the Internet can bring us all together and that we can share our passion for fiber with others from around the world? If I don't get time to post again, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for reading my ramblings and leaving comments. I appreciate all of them.