I've been playing, and playing with various ideas (what iffing I suppose), and played a bit more last night. The result was that my favorite wool square was the silver one and the decision that I needed a structure to build on before all of this was going to become a blanket. I decided that I would alternate gray and white wool blocks with circles reverse appliqued or appliqued to each square. I'm going to use silk or velvet for the circles. And then I'm going to stitch with a variety of colors in a variety of ways. I want the circles to be smallish for the most part. And random. I want the feeling of this to be very dimpled. I kind of see this as an intersection between planned and spontaneous.
A few other thoughts were reinforced as I worked my way through this:
- How much I need to work with my materials before I know which direction I'm going to go. I'm not good at planning things out on paper or in my head unless it's going to be something really basic.
- Keeping it simple is better for me.
- I love texture and the relationships between colors.
- That sometimes I think we deny ourselves possible paths because we want to be original, out of fear of copying. This may really be a creative crisis of our times because there are so many ideas out there and they are so easy to access.
From the stash of trash: wool blankets that are falling apart, silk scraps and yarn left over from other projects.