4/18/2011

Contrast in seams

Those of you who follow will remember I outed myself in February and made my big confession on how I make all my blocks.... (http://olderrose.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-confess.html) The only drawback to this method is that due to the assembly of sections I always end up with this extremely long diagonal seam.. (see white line).. This is always something that has to be address with strategically place motifs and buttons and sometimes I extend another seam visually to break it up...

Of course Sharon saw this immediately and wondered how I was going to handle the problem... I loved the first day but the second day was even better because it was all about seams...all eight hours..

Not only did we talk about building seams (stacking, combining stitches etc.) and seam variations. She spent a great deal of time discussing "expanding seams" and "condensing seams." She urged stitchers to create contrast in and with their seams a on every piece.

Seam treatments 1.2 and 3 are the pesky long seam. On 1 and 3 I did an expanded treatment which draws the eye outward and away from the seam...which keeps your eye from following down the seam... On seam 2 I did a very condensed treatment which hold it in place. She was also emphatic on letting seam treatment leave the seam line and wander across seam lines into other patches... again moving the eye and creating interest...

Seams 4, 5 and 6 are treatments to use to embellish quiet areas... Seam 4 is a valour rick rack (discovered in the barn) finished with ribbon and beads... Seam 5 is my favorite on the whole block... It is stacked herringbones laced with variegated silk ribbon and finished with bead.. quiet but elegant... Since it is such a bright and busy block I chose to keep the lower corner quiet... but not empty... I used gold thread to stitch the pattern under the lace motif and a tiny gold braid embellished with single row of beads for the seam.... If I have to choose one thing that will influence my stitching the most from now on, it is attention to creating interesting quiet areas on blocks...

The last day was spent on motifs, flower sprays and trims etc.... I will get to that also using some of her blocks... Although I will do a bit more on this block I am very tired of it.. Rushing through is not my style... I like to plod and think and rethink and rethink.. so a rest from this block is due.

5 comments:

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Am really enjoying these posts about Sharon's class. I've taken her online class and am finding these comments/photos so helpful. Thanks for sharing Gerry!

MosaicMagpie said...

Lovely stitching. I could see how the different seam treatments did lead you eye in and out. As I enlarged the photo. I noticed the ruched ribbon seam treatment that you mentioned yesterday, beautiful!
Deb

Cathy said...

Interesting, as always. I guess following eye movement is a science all in itself. I'm never quite sure if my eyes follow like you say they should so I go away and come back later and look again sometimes.

I thought you were taking the orange block with you to the CQ adventure - the one inspired by that lovely photo your gd captured!

Cathy L

Bobbi Pohl said...

What a great review you are giving of Sharon's workshop! I'm having a little trouble seeing expanded vs. contracted seam treatments, unless they are extreme. Takes practice I guess. I enjoyed getting to know you in person.

ellen said...

I always enjoy your posts but find this especially interesting. I really like seam 5 and 3 and how you broke up the long seam

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