I really want to do this challenge as Sharon suggested in her initial page about it; where she says: “The challenge is to take the idea, develop it and push it towards a resolved design during that month. In other words you interpret the idea and apply it to fiber or paper.”
Hmmm. Develop the idea. Interpret the idea. Sounds quite a way from my usual “just start stitching and see what happens”. But it is this idea of designing and planning that I really want to develop, because with my usual way of doing things, the end result is often nothing like what I initially wanted.
So… I mapped out a square to follow when piecing my block, and sketched in the elements I wanted to include. The block itself turned out pretty much like my design.
But uh oh – the owl I made is way too big for my sketched design. Do I make a smaller owl, or “adapt”?
I decided to adapt – I wasn’t that happy with my design anyway. It was threatening to be some simply embellished seams with a few motifs thrown on top, and nothing to draw them together.
So, I shall now get on with embellishing as I go, keeping in mind that I would quite like to have the heart, the cross and the cat and I definitely want to have Oliver’s roses.
I made owl from a pattern on Moonstitches blog. She has both “flat” owls and stuffed ones, and I think they are just fabulous. One day I want to make myself a nest of those owls.