||[Feb. 8th, 2010|08:21 am]
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The wreath is almost done. The poor birdies still need their beaks and feet, which are waiting for a sunny day (for good light) and some poring over the pattern (for confidence) to make sure they come out just right.
In the meantime, I worked up a mock-up of the finished piece, and developed the grapevine wreath which will adorn a strip of black fabric. It's going to need to be 23.5 inches long, so I used the technique set forth in an excellent tutorial on Design*Sponge to make a repeating pattern. Very interesting; basically, you take a piece of paper the size of the repeat you want to make, draw in the center but not at the edges, then cut it apart down the middle. Tape it back together with the blank paper in the middle and draw your design on that portion, and voila!
I found I needed reference marks at the quarters to keep the design regular, but that grapevine pattern repeats every 11.75 inches. This would be a good technique for applique borders, if you didn't need them to be unique all the way along.
This project progresses thanks to Design Wall Monday, on Judy Laquidara's blog. Thanks for the inspiration! Visit the link for more.