It is mainly four parts...
1. Contrast - not only light/dark but also rough/smooth, shiny /dull, soft/hard, quiet/bold etc. (Contrast adds interest.)
2. Echoing - repetitions and variations
3. Movement including directional elements and rhythm.
4 Focal point and/or theme.. not all blocks have either a focal point or theme..
And my definition of a harmonious block is when all parts complement each other and the whole.
Here the focal point of the block is the mass of embroidery lower right. She uses these large floral clusters on a lot of her blocks and I love them.
But since it covers such a large area Sharon chose to have the entire upper left with quiet unadorned space to balance out the block... The large print upper right look like a heavier weight and it is contrasted with the pinkish satin/silk and the gray linen. Not everything needs to be silk... a point to keep in mind.
All the little floral beads are like musical notes whisking you along.
This is a great way to pick a color palette for a piece of needlework. Just find a print that speaks to your heart and use it as a guide.
So this is a limited palette and very soothing. But a limited palette can also be vivid and energized as I will show you soon.
Her style is very unique and different than most stitching in the United States.. She wrote a wonderful article for cqmagonline and not only should you read it but print a copy as well. As I show you more blocks I plan to show you many different styles of CQ but you can find contrast, variation and movement in all of them..