OK! On to sketching.
A very common format for crewel is the bellpull. Aside from being an historically accurate vehicle for this type of needlework, it’s also a natural for showcasing the floral I’m envisioning. I’m thinking vertical format, twisty vine-y…
In fact, some of you may remember this drawing.
The idea started here:
Remember, it’s just a sketch.
I like the overall composition. But something’s missing. A diamond pattern is stuck in my head. Probably because I really like the lattice pattern in the largest flower head. One of the things that can serve to tie a composition together is Repetition…repeating a shape within a drawing/design. It sets up a rhythm which, it turns out, is very eye-friendly… which equals: more design cohesiveness. No wonder Repetition is sometimes called the Glue that holds a composition together.
So. How to incorporate it? Maybe an over-all diamond pattern behind things?
Maybe not (on the left)…kinda looks like the plaid pattern on cookie packaging (Sorry, I don’t remember the name of the cookies…shortbread, maybe?, but I remember the plaid!) Not really what I’m going for. (Though now unfortunately, I am craving shortbread!) I didn’t even bother to draw in the floral, because… well… yuck.
But the sketch to the right… I like better.
I don’t know whether it’s a hold-over from cross-stitch designing, but somehow things look unfinished without some sort of border. And maybe I’m willing to admit at this point that I’m missing the grid just a teensy bit? It was great for working out borders! I also like that the floral is overlapping the border in places rather than not touching it. I have no idea at this point whether or not I’ll be able to execute the overlapping, but I’ll give it a shot.
Looks like I’ll need to choose colors soon. But first, I think I’ll give some serious thought to the types of stitches I’d like to use.