I think I’ve finished the “on grid” exercise that I started working on last week. And I’ve an update on the “off grid” piece, too. But I’m still working there. These are exercises I made up for myself to explore some of the concepts I’ve found in Stitch Magic by Beaney and Littlejohn.
And concerning that book I’ve received a thoughtful comment from Susan Lenz at Art in Stitches. As I told Susan, it way beyond my highest hopes for the feed back that would be helpful to me and visitors to my blog. So if you’ve been interested in that book, please pop over to the post here and read her comment. She has read both Stitch Magic and another book by Beaney and Littlejohn besides the one that she most highly recommends by Jan Beaney, Stitches: New Approaches. Susan, thank you so much for taking the time to write such an informative comment. If you’ve not looked in on Susan’s blog, please do swing by and see her work. I’ve been enjoying my visits to see her work on the Elements in Blue series and many other works in progress. There is an on-line gallery of her work here.
Turning back to the stitch exercises, I tried expanding the free form line of pink to purple fly stitches and then reoriented the design so that line moved from left to right across the area in a more diagonal direction on day 3.
Day 4 I added a few more stitches so that the triangle at the top left wouldn’t seem to float so much. That detracts a little from the triangle shape I wanted there. On the other hand, it seemed to mirror the purple line on the right a little more. The balance is not perfect in this piece, but I plan to put it away for now.
Day 2 with the “off grid” exercise. This seems to call out for more work. So I want to see what I might do .