OK so here are the “raw materials” for my first Take It further project. I always tell my congregations and students that I believe God created out of the raw material of Chaos (re: Genesis 1), and that since we believe we are created in God’s image, we too are creators out of our own raw materials of chaos. This definitely applies in this case.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had several “raw materials” possibilities within my own trimmed down stash for this project. I was preparing to go to the local needlework and quilt shops yesterday, when I decided first to see what I might have.
I don’t recall even how I came by the great floral print (a gift, perhaps?) but it’s surprisingly close to the color palette–a little more gold, but close enough, I think. The pattern’s too strong to use on the front, but it will make a great backing to wrap around to the front for a border. I’ll blanket stitch it down with the Watercolour 060 Slate fiber I bought yesterday. It has gray in it instead of the beige-y color, but it was the closest I could find and I’ve discovered I really like Watercoulours for blanket-stitch borders.
It’s hard to see in the picture, but in the middle is a soft aqua/sage-ish green that comes quite close to the one in the palette. It has white flower outlines on it that will pick up part of my design theme. I’ll use this for my background.
Wow! my color vocabulary is really in the dumps, isn’t it? Oh well.
I tossed in a pink and a pale yellow ribbon, as well as a smidgen of bright lime green with yellow, that may or may not be used for spark. I’ve not yet looked at my paints, and don’t know if I’ll use any, but I might. I also need to think about beads, but those will come later. That may be how I’ll add the pink, although the thin pink ribbon is speaking to me more and more about risk-taking, one of the attributes I admire.
My first construction step will be to make a fabric sandwich with the two florals, green on top, thin batting in the middle, and finish it first (a technique I learned from a class with creativechick). I love this, because when I’m finished stitching the design, it’s done, except for mounting. I’m leaning towards 10″x 10″.
I still haven’t put anything on paper, but that’s not unusual for me. In seminary I was known for not putting a jot on paper until two o’clock in the morning before a major paper was due. It somehow stays in my head and “percolates” ready for pouring when I need it. ‘Don’t know how, but it does.