3/13/2012

Finished peacock design

The next step after playing around with the cutout pieces is actually using a pencil and paper and here is what I have ended up with... Since it's a small block (6") and I want the tail to be the focal point the best way to do that is to make the head smaller...  I've mentioned this before..  When you you have two elements competing for attention.. You can either make one larger OR one smaller.. It would be impossible to make the tail any larger so the obvious solution was to make the head smaller.
This is a very handy tip to stick in youe bag of tricks... I chose to put him in a tree because the lovely peacock visitor I had  was always in our apple tree if he wasn't preening in front of the slider....

I mentioned yesterday I had a specific cord in mind and I allowed an ample space for it in the design..  I've had it forever and it's a woven cording with a gold thread.  To me it has kind of a rustic quality and I have used it often in my work...  it's a favorite of mine...  I also want to use gold bugle beads and braids and maybe give a try on the back using a woven design... maybe!
And some great gold metal leaves...


So if you read my blog yesterday on using cutouts you can see how I got from cutouts to an actual design...  Since this is quite a complex design it will be perfect example to show you step-by-step how easy it is to transfer to my block with my cut-away transfer method. 

Remember this will be ALL gold but as I often repeat designs I like in different ways, this will be one that has to be done in peacock colors some day...

7 comments:

Wendy said...

Gerry, I absolutely love your design for my block! This is going to be stunning when you apply your magic hand to it! I am so excited to see the magic happen on my block. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I just gotta say: I LOVE your blog! Great little tutorial on design. Thanks so much. Suzie in Idaho

Marilyn said...

Oooo, he's gorgeous. I can hardly wait to see the stitching progress. And it never hurts to have another demo of your cutaway transfer process too. Happy stitching.

Cathy said...

Aha...good technique if you are good with paper and pencil...what about if you can't draw at all...not even a good stick figure? ;-)

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

I am really looking forward to seeing the progression.

Susan Elliott said...

I think your peacock sketch is absolutely beautiful Ger...and I think it's so great that you had an actual peacock in your apple tree and preening at your sliding door...what a magical place you must live in. I'm looking forward to this peacock...I think my favorite part of the peacock are the little tufty things on top of their head...I can't believe they actual have those...and they're so cool....I tried to see if they had a special name but all I could find is "crest"...did the peacock have a peahen and were there ever any babies? I think little peacock babies would be sooooo cute...happy stitching Ger!

Rose Anne B said...

WOW WOW WOW I can't wait to see it finished! You do such GORGEOUS detailed work my dear!

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