Smaller tasks with less investment of time and complexity have seemed appropriate this week. The future of some of the big events I’m due to do in the next few weeks are in doubt. But no matter what happens I have still nearly run out of the littler things so ….. greeting cards, small pieces for book covers or pot/vase sleeves and for some reason, a great big bit of hand stitched abstract have been the focus this week. How this ghost of a landscape pattern on muslin, over a metre long, managed to get on the agenda I have no idea.
The greeting cards are fun – working up samples and experiments into 3″ or 4″ squares is often quick and very productive. It lets me try out new threads, play with techniques , sequences and combinations, and to get ideas out of the head and on to fabric with minimal fuss. Very much like doing thumbnail sketches to test omposition when painting. There are limitations of course, because of the scale, but it tends to be time well spent.
And as for the larger bits… so good to working with a different colour palatte and to be playing. Don’t know how to use these yet, should they beome book covers, sleeves or the easiest option would be to leave them as they are for the buyer to make up as they wish. Answers on a postcard please.