||[Dec. 21st, 2009|11:23 am]
The photo is the top of the lightbox, with fabric for appliquéing, the original and revised patterns, and the block on top. To give you an idea of scale, those scissors are embroidery scissors. On the one hand, small pieces mean less stitching to get around them, on the other, when you’re trying to stitch a quarter inch circle down, finicky doesn’t begin to describe it. This week saw the pattern revised the way I wanted it, with acorns instead of the grapes. It echoes the antique pattern, but isn’t a straight lift. While I was at it I redid the bow and a couple of the rose buds to be more to my liking.
The light was crappy during the week, but fortunately yesterday was beautiful and bright, illuminating all that lovely snow out there (we got 14 out of a predicted 6 inches.) J insisted that I stay inside where it was warm, and I happily complied and cut little thumb-shaped scraps out of every piece of green that I thought would work for oak leaves, and not a few I thought wouldn’t. As is usually the case, some of the ones I thought wouldn’t work were the ones that did. They’re all set aside and ready to go; they’ll go into a zip-lock bag with the block when travelling.
Still mulling over the concept of the box; I borrowed Linda Johansen’s Fast Fun & Easy Fabric Boxes from the library, and that helped with some ideas, though I don’t want to do it precisely the way she does. Posting to JudyL's Design Wall Monday really helps with incentive to work on the project through the week. Plus it's good for inspiration with all the lovely things everyone else is working on.