Although my hands are simply not ready to pick up a needle yet…
It occurred to me I could still continue to work somehow on the crewel piece, and share that process with you. Which means… you guessed it: yet another drawing:
Again? Why would I do such a thing? From a designing standpoint, how is this useful?
1. As mentioned before, the hands aren’t ready for stitching yet, but I can draw. And this is full-size: 18″ high X 7″ wide.
2. If I was designing for the market with the intention of selling the design, I simply wouldn’t have the time for the luxury of making a “complete study” of the design in another medium (pen and ink w/ watercolor). It would be: Rush, rush, hurry, hurry, do whatever it takes to get the pattern finished and out there for people to buy, ASAP! But, since that’s not the case anymore, I can take my time. 🙂
3. Making the ink study, and handling my inking technique in a way that more closely mimics the way I would be stitching (rather than my usual cross-hatching drawing style) helps me to see how I might chose different stitches to enhance the design. (I was beginning to think I couldn’t draw in ink without cross-hatching.)
4. And, although this really is only marginally related to designing this piece: I wanted to use a cold-press (rough surface) watercolor paper and a heavier nib pen to force me to stay “looser” and less detailed in the execution of the drawing… again: an effort to be closer to stitching with wool than with finer textured fibers.
5. OK. I confess. I simply COULD NOT resist inking this design. I will watercolor tint it as well, with the wool colors I have already chosen:
(Sorry, the colors are a bit washed out in the photo, even after an attempt at color-correction. Especially the color that looks like blue-violet; it’s actually a true purple, not blue-ish at all.)
What am I going to do with the diamond border? So far, drawing it hasn’t helped me decide….