Saturday, 1 September 2012

Interesting comments from the last post - I'll do them at the end, if that is OK.

I have had the most tremendous sort-out and declutter in the workroom. Everything got shoved in anyhow when we moved (two years ago in November) and there never seemed to be time to straighten it out. My aim was to move another desk in so that I could have my sewing machine next to my laptop and transfer designs. I had a neat little USB stick once upon a time but it disappeared in the aforementioned move. Voila!

So now I can get on with some digitizing and I thought I'd start with my looking through designs from the last blog. I scanned in a simplified version of the centre of the image and it looks OK on the printout.

The sewing machine pic looks fine so I shall stitch it out on lutrador as I want something that won't fray when I cut it out. Haven't tried this before so I will keep you posted. The plan is to free machine the two sides and blend them into the centre stitching.

Jane Wild gave me a lovely image of the Duomo in Florence that she had taken from a strange angle (it was this that gave me the idea). This is a photo of the printout, ready to be drawn into.

 Must point out to Olga that my 'cheating' idea is nothing to do computer design but involves straight from camera photo prints or photocopies. Having struggled for years to overcome the idea of computer use, especially when transferred to a sewing machine, as 'not real design' I'm not backing down now!

I will show how this print turns out next time.

can't resist showing the other side of the workroom. Rushed out and purchased lots of see through boxes for my art stuff. I still have too much even after a relentless chuck out.

Don't they look great?


I will look for that book Aussie Jo. There are some superbly illustrated cheldren's books out now.

The Quest was a great success and the kids are already badgering for another. It was based on Harry Potter's Voldemort capturing three grannies and tying them to their beds. Various spells had to done on the way along the trail, Magic beans (aka M&Ms) had to be eaten to awake dormant powers (Clive had the job of creeping into bushes and hiding these) and items had to be collected. Then they had to find a large bush of wild convulvulus flowers and do the 'Granny pop out of bed' chant. Anyone else do this as a kid? You do the chant while squeezing the bottom of the flower and it pops out and flies away.

Needless to say the poor bush was soon bare and a further hunt began for another bush. Then we all went to the handy pub for lunch. Great fun.


Heather said...

There must be something in the air as I too am having a clear out. The Duomo image is wonderful and I look forward to seeing what you do with it. Your shelves look so neat - I must try harder!

floozina said...

I love the image of the Duomo, it's great that people are using such unusual angles and I want to see what you end up with. And on that subject, I need some help as I am very technically challenged. Is there some way I can have your blog posts sent straight to my email? If so could you please let me know what to do? Thank you.

gilby said...

Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. I have also been having a good clear out starting with all the books .I have far to many,four large stacks waiting to go to the charity shop,must be about hundred books.
Now for the fabrics paper and threads.

Heather said...

I am back to say thankyou for yet another wonderful and varied WOW. I love your metal flowers/leaves. What a clever idea. I think the price rise is perfectly acceptable and still excellent value for money.

gilby said...

Popped back to say i agree with Heather. Going to try making the metal flowers thought they might make a table centre for Christmas.

Wabbit said...

I had to laugh at the idea of all that work and the expense of the see through boxes because you'd lost ten pounds worth of memory stick! Still, you're more organized now which I'll bet we all want to be. There's a bed in my studio that hasn't been seen in two years, not to mention a closet that truly needs me to go through it ruthlessly. I can't even get TO it!

So good for you! And I like the idea of the photos you are assembling. Can't wait to see where it goes.

Maggi said...

Definitely must be the time of the year for clear outs as I am having one too. Much too impatient to wait for spring. Love the way that the image is developing. Wonderful WOW this month incidentally and I have no issues with the increase in subs - worth every penny.