A project to daydream about
|May 8, 2014||Posted by Emily under Embroidery|
I’ve been sketching on a drawing that I think I’d like to do a large (12x12ish) embroidery of. It started with curves and circles. I knew I wanted it to be mirrored, so I traced a CD, cut it out, then folded in half to get a center line. I then started drawing interlocking loops and swirls with little leafy things on the end. I wasn’t sure whether the diamonds would be the top or bottom and kept flipping it.
I kind of wanted it to have a medieval/fantasy type vibe, which to me, always involves dragons. The little dragon needs cleaned up and streamlined, but I like her. The wings and tail fit into the curves of the vines which was my goal.
After drawing in the dragon I felt like it needed another animal. I thought about a gryphon, some sort of bird, a horse…none of those were working for me and then I decided on a lion. A fierce, royal lion. Only. He doesn’t look very fierce. He looks more like he is swatting at the leaf. Totally not my goal. I’m thinking about opening his mouth in a roar and adding some teeth. That would make him look more fierce. He also needs to be slightly larger.
You can see in the third picture where I tried drawing in a fleur de lis, but it wasn’t working there, and then I realized the mirrored vine would cover part of it anyway.
Moving on. I needed filler. My first thought, and my continued thoughts are acanthus leaves. Let me tell you though, I have trouble drawing them. I don’t know why. I can look at a picture, go to draw it and…no success. It’s very strange to me. See those leafy things? They’re not acanthus, I’ll tell you that. They’re erased now and I’m trying to decide what to do to fill in. I looked at Tudor roses, but they’re just ‘bleh’.
After I got home tonight I blew this up 175% on the copier so the circle is around 8″ tall. I am going to retrace it and then ink it to clean it up. I am also going to frame it in a square with plans to do some lattice work embroidery and have angled fleur de lis in each corner.
I’m looking forward to working on this but I’m afraid it might have to wait awhile. I find that when I knit too much or do repetitive things my right arm starts aching. I have a velcro band to wear that helps, but I often forget to wear it. While working on the Citron shawl I really overdid it and my arm has never healed completely. Because I’m me, I’ve kept working on things and of course at work I use a computer every day. I need to take a break from handwork, but that only leaves things like cleaning the kitchen and folding laundry…and well…that’s no fun. 😛