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Now that I'm feeling a bit more confident about beading, it's time to get back to peering thoughtfully at Dr F's wallhanging-to-be. I am still fairly stuck but at least I've started sketching. While the designs are very much in the early stages, I thought I may as well ask my lovely readers for ideas now. I have been thinking of doing a border design all the way down the left and in the top half of the right borders, and then continuing the curved lines into the border in the bottom right. I have lots of beads available as well as embroidery threads, a couple of colours of 3mm organza ribbon, cotton thong and satin cord, and I was thinking of using those along the curved seam lines, though I may not.

Dr F's quilt - piecing done with binding fabric shown First sketches for Dr F's quilt

B shows a copy of an elevated beading technique I rather like in Nancy Eha's book, but after sketching it I realised that I'd be beading from here to eternity, and that is not the plan. I've done a simplified version in A and C, and if I used bugle beads it would be relatively quick, I hope. In other thoughts, I'm playing with curves ending in scrolls, but it feels like the turtle quilt all over again. I also placed a zigzag over the bit of the bright turquoise fabric where there seem to be be two vertical paler lines, not quite sure what else I could do to play that bit up. Then I did some random playing with spirals and square spirals. Not sure I want big shapes on this, possibly the square spirals though, and maybe I should just try scattering smaller things, like individual beads and little clusters such as barnacles. I've also tried a quick sketch of a winding path, those gorgeous things in the Robin Atkins book which I'd love to try, and that's the one in A which looks like a ribbon - possibly not good placement, but with the next sketch I might start with those. Lastly, the basic lines following the curves in B might be good for quilting lines, if I actually quilt this at all. The combination of piecing, quilting, beading, embroidery, and various ribbony embellishments is making my head spin!

Thoughts and suggestions, folks?

Date: 18 Jan 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
jelazakazone: (beaded crane)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
I had dh print out the Atkins book(let) and now I am itching to try her improvisational beading techniques! I think this would be a fun piece to try improvisational beading. You could limit it to one or two panels.

Also, I see nothing wrong with revisiting the turtle quilt. I feel like there will be themes that repeat. I discovered when DD2's quilt was almost done that it was basically the same pattern as DD1's, but they look nothing alike. http://members.cox.net/jsam/quilt/aequiltfront.jpg is DD1's which was done in 2009. DD's was just finished a week or so ago: http://picasaweb.google.com/hummingjoni/2010Quilts#5559999720149311378

Also, I have to recommend this book to you. Journey of an Art Quilter by Barbara Olson. I don't know that I'm headed in the direction of art quilting, (I don't think so), but what she has to say at the beginning of the book about inspiration and process is really interesting. She talks about how beginning at the center of the piece is what really works for her. I'm trying to figure out what my starting point is. I am looking forward to reading more.

Have fun with this! It will be gorgeous no matter what you do.

Date: 2 Feb 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
jelazakazone: (beaded crane)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
I haven't gotten very far in, but I think I was thinking about where she talks about how the creative process starts in the center for her. I have no idea where it starts for me. It feels incoherent to me and then it somehow coalesces, but it seems that if I had an idea of where to start, I could be more efficient with my creative process.

I loved Atkin's book too. I had dh print it out for me:)

Re: Current state of the quiltlet

Date: 2 Feb 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
jelazakazone: (beaded crane)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
This is awesome! I never saw these because you posted them as comments to this entry. I was just going back through email and realized I never replied to the last comment I posted.

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