4/08/2012

Design for Kerry's goldwork block

Here's my rough sketch and it's nearly what I'll transfer to the back of the block and baste through (sometime today hopefully...) Once I put it on the screen now I see a few changes I want to make to the flower. You can tell by all the eraser smudges I am struggling with the flower... I want to use satin cord (which is good sized)  on it so it has to be very simplified...

I know the hummingbird pose will look familiar as I use it often on blocks and on buttons.  I love the wings up and the tail tucked under as when they're hovering..  I'll be using lots and lots of cording.....  both gold and colored satin ...and  both straight and chain stitching...Since I don't want to lose the block itself there will be considerable white material showing through the design... sort of a romantic, goldwork, crazy quilt, lacy, mola look if that makes any sense.


I followed my usual steps in creating a design.. First I traced the patches on this block  because I had a particular patch I wanted the flower to be in. Second I positioned the bird and flower where I wanted them to be...  Then I scanned that into photoshop and used digital "cutout" leaves and moved them around until I got an approximated "mola" look I wanted.

5 comments:

Cathy K said...

This is going to be another spectacular block! I can`t wait to see it develop. Hugs, Cat

Shirlee Fassell said...

It's going to be stunning!! Looking forward to your progress.

Arlene White said...

How clever to use photoshop for the leaves..... Arlene

Susan Lynn said...

Gerry, I love your blog. It is very inspiring. I got an email from Artbeads.com for a product called ribbon bezels. It is a metal ribbon that can be used to make a bezil for any gem or cabachon that you want to make into a pendant. I was thinking it would be good for attaching some items to crazy quilts. You might want to check it out. No afiliation. I've never tried it, but may in the future. Keep stitching.

Marilyn said...

I love to learn your design methods and processes that you share from time to time. Probably because really love your designs that flow through the use of curves and I just can't seem to come up with designs that my blocks can live with. I usually end up changing them once I start the embroidery because the blocks have different ideas.

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