Well it’s here – the 1st of January, and the Sharon’s first concept for the Take It Further design challenge series. And what a concept! Who do we look up to and admire? Why? What makes us admire them? The challenge is to work on that, and develop it, then apply it in the medium of our choice.
Here is a look inside my thoughts (scary place, my brain!) as I contemplate this challenge.
Certainly not what I had been expecting – I thought along the lines of “this month we concentrate on circles” or something easy like that!
There is a colour palette to work with as well, or instead, but I would like to stick with the given concept each month.
So here is the start of my design journal where I shall try to develop the concept (emphasis on ‘try’). Who do I admire” This could be an actual person, or people in general who … (fill in the blank). Why do I admire them? Any first thoughts on how these ideas could be applied?
Of course, I still have to decide upon what form my challenge pieces will take! My first inclination is towards needlepoint – that is the type of embroidery I go back to time and time again, my first love in the embroidery world. But I also love crazy quilting and haven’t done much lately, and I since first hearing about this challenge I have wanted to do it in CQ work. Right now, I am thinking that needlepoint will be much easier, but easiness isn’t what I want out of this challenge.
So, maybe CQ, possibly needlepoint. But then what? I want something that will be on display, even if only in my craft room. So a fabric journal or book is out. Maybe a series of 12 “patches” perhaps 15cm square (6”) which I could tie together for a wall hanging? Or I do like the look I have seen in some blogs, of the finished article being left in a 15cm wooden embroidery hoop, so I would have a collection of 12 to hang on my wall. Or just adhered around a thick piece of card; again I would have a collection of 12. Or somehow work all 12 months in one piece? I don’t know, I shall have to sleep on it. I am finding it hard to make a final decision – perhaps “decisive people” should be among the characteristics I admire LOL.