It’s been a busy week with not much exciting stuff to post about. I am working on a small sample of what I hope will be a large piece. I’m playing around with shadow and light in a whole cloth format a little differently than I have in previous pieces. Usually I have a lot of curve going on, but in this piece I’ll be using straight-ish lines.
My inspiration for this piece comes from this book-oh this is a fabulous book! The photography is excellent as is the writing. The work of Ms Jinzenji is exquisite. It’s very minimalist but very well designed and so intriguing to view. So I’m kind of doodling on cloth now, trying to figure out what I want to do.
One issue that plagues me is getting square corners:
See that rounded corner in the bottom left? It’s kind of eye-lashed but I was not going fast around that corner. The same thing kept happening throughout the practice piece and it was bugging me.
Here you can see the effect of a lot of rounded corners…and some poor tension.
It’s getting better here.
By chance, I happened to take 2 stitches at one of the corners and I could immediately see that it secured the corner without forming a bird’s nest underneath. Aha! So now at each corner I take two stitches before moving on and I get that nice, crisp corner.
Such a small detail, I know, but if you’re going to do a piece with a zillion corners, you want those suckers square! You can see that even in the small piece above, if all those corners were square, it would have a crisper look.
I perchance came upon my piece in the early morning when the sun was coming in my room from the east.
I love dappled sunlight feathering across my work!
It’s the little things that give me joy.
I am not aiming for perfectly straight lines here-bet you can tell! I’m thinking this piece is about the beauty of simplicity, the beauty of the imperfect.
I don’t know what those yellow spots are but I am going to find out. Fortunately it’s on the photo, not the piece! I hope it’s not my camera.
That’s it-I’ll have a lot more to say next week. Onward.