Practical Thread Magic

When I come to teach to a group, there's always a frantic rush of questions and concerns. I don't play with the same toys other quilters do. Though I talk about that at length in class, I thought it would be helpful to have that information available in a blog. So here we're going to discuss the nuts and bolts of the kind of thread work I love and teach. We'll discuss products, choices, threads, fabrics, tools, stabilizers and all the things that make my work work for me, and will help your work work for you.

If you have an upcoming class with me, you should know I bring almost all of the things I use for your needs. If you want to try something you've got, absolutely bring it. But if you're having trouble finding it, please don't stress. I'll have it there for you.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Designing Ways: An Exploration of Design in Fiber Art

Just recently I've been looking at the Spoonflower website. At Spoonflower you can design your own fabric. 

That sounded simple. You add cool elements from your quilts on a neat background. How hard can it be? How cool can it get?

Well I don't think it get's cooler, but it's not as easy as it looks. I'm not ready for prime time yet but it's reminded me how important design is, and how it changes when we have different things we want out of our designs. So I'm going to take some time to explore design myself and to talk about that in some  posts.

So often when we create we get all caught up in what we're creating. A flower, a frog, a bug, a picture. But design is the hidden framework under all of that. There are different aesthetics to design, different theories, different approaches. So when we talk about good design, we need to ask the question, "For what purpose."Designs that repeat are a whole different set of considerations from designs that don't have to. I'd like to look at design over a series of posts, from the point of view of pathway, rhythm, framing, and  balance. Next time, East Meets West.


Cheryl said...

Looking forward to your next post - your point of view is always like a taking in some vitamin-drink on a hot and sweaty day: it renews and refreshes to help me find my way up the next hill.

Anonymous said...

If only I could remember.....sigh

Linda Mac said...

Love the video and music. What a great way to start the morning. Thanks.

Gloria said...

Looking forward to more of your postings on design. I'm always learning and I certainly could use your point of view on this subject. Thank you for doing this..


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