Thursday, 14 April 2016

creative mission 101



There's a lot of comfort isn't there
 in sticking with those now so familiar, low volume/neutral fabrics for backgrounds, yes?




... and I was going use my leftover lights to fill in the gaps with my latest WiP 
but suddenly that felt, and looked, a bit boring to me!


I did start out with a pattern this time around. It was in pastels (which looked lovely, and was what first attracted me to the pattern!) (go figure!) But I really wanted to use my new selection of VFW brights for this, so I changed a few elements, slowly, one at a time, just trying to make it mine I guess.The problem was that everything was still looking very bright to me, sans the light backgrounds, so what to do?

Thank goodness for a design wall!
This week I've focused more on playing with the values, looking for good contrast. Initially, I was also trying to use everything in my fat 1/4 bundle, but after lots of unpicking, and reshuffling, & even more cutting out, I've fine tuned it a bit. I think I may, just slowly, be getting somewhere now! I'm adding a few pieces of quieter fabrics in here & there to lighten things, without dominating, and I think I'll make the outer edges of more of those hexis more medium/darks.



Still very much a WiP, but have a little look... 



... and there's still a few gaps, still a bit of reshuffling to do,
still lots more sewing of course
but finally, I'm feeling really excited about this!




8 comments:

  1. Much livelier and more 'you', I think! It looks to me like 'when in doubt, throw in some plaid' could be a good rule to follow. 8)

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  2. Great background, it's perfect, love that plaid!

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  3. Isn't it funny how you can fiddle about for ages with a project, the suddenly it all falls into place!

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  4. It's looking wonderful!! It's great when you get that right combo to give a project that exciting spark.

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    1. Thank you Rachael. Yes, I’ve been quite keen on trying to use more plaid lately, but it doesn’t always fit in so easily! I think it was Kathy from Material Obsession/Australia who said “plaid is my new black” :)

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  5. Looking good Linda!! Pleased you decided to go with the plaid and your fussy cutting really showcases what can be done with these fabrics.

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  6. Looking good, Linda!! Fussy cutting looks great.

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  7. Yea! It looks great. That plaid did the trick.

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Thanx for stopping by, happy sewing!