18 Dec

Too Many Little Pieces

Somehow I finally managed to do the contour cutting and stitching exercises from Color and Composition. Although I started working on the first one while the kids were out of the house, it went way slower than I had hoped and then I got sidetracked and/or interupted no less than a million times after they got home. I almost gave up alltogether, but couldn’t bear to throw out all those tiny fused pieces I had already cut.

Contour Cutting Realistic

As I had started these exercises with an orchid plant, I figured I’d continue, even though I now have fruit and veg in the house. I loved drawing orchid contours, but cutting them was not nearly as fun. Looking back, I should have simplified much more, but it was really hard to know when to stop cutting all those little nuances of light and shadow. I also had a hard time cutting as I wanted/needed to turn my fabric as I was cutting, but I couldn’t turn my subject matter to match the orientation. When I finally get around to doing the contour stitching, I am looking forward to the machine behaving more like my pencil and less like my scissors. I have noticed that in the last three weeks, the orchid has rotated and sprouted more buds. Yea orchid!

Contour Cutting Abstract

After being frustrated with my inability to concentrate on the orchids, I kinda rushed through this one just to be done with it all. I probably could have worked longer to get a more interesting compostition, but I was overwhelmed by moving around all those little pieces. I saw a bamboo garden in the moonlight with birds in flight and falling petals emerge but was not willing to do anything to make it more absract. I could go do the contour stitching, but I will wait until tomorow or Tuesday when I may be fresher and less frustrated. On the up side, I took a quick browse by Karoda, Gerrie, and Mary M’s sites and see that I’m not the only one working slower on the exercises this week.

4 thoughts on “Too Many Little Pieces

  1. Okay, Kristin, I just finished these exercises and I took short cuts with trying to capture the light and shadows…I used coloured pencils and water colour crayons for that…I thought it served the same purpose of the exercise and it is more apt to be something I would do if making a piece versus cutting out each shape of light and shadow in fabric.

  2. I love your orchid. It is pretty, but I think you should try this exercise with a still life of fruits or veggies!! Listen to me who can’t even get one done!!

  3. Kristin,

    I should learn to keep my yap shut….I want to do everything, yet do I actually follow through? I haven’t even started page 1. You just can’t listen to me, as I am unreliable…got absorbed in another project.

    But I love the combination of yellow, white and gray. I have some fabrics pulled for a future quilt in this combination. Will I get around to making it? See above.

    I especially love the gray and white polka dot fabric. I’d keep going on this one, it is definately worth finishing.

  4. I’m really enjoying this project even though I have no idea what the instructions are. There was something intriguing about the last step where you created a whole new composition out of the little pieces. At first I thought of those crazy clocks where all the numbers appear as if they have fallen into a heap at he bottom of the case. Then I decided to line up all the steps of the project, and what piqued my interest became very clear – the new composition was a lot like the blind drawing. You could save a lot of time by leaving out steps 2-4 and end up with a free-form abstract design.

    Would Color & Composition be a good birthday gift for me?

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