'If you make happiness your goal, then you're not going to get to it… The goal should be an interesting life."

Dorothy Rowe

Friday 13 February 2009

So what was the third type?

Yesterday I was cutting out a paper snowflake - as you do - when I realised that some of the cathedral tiles looked as if they had been designed by cutting folded paper - or whatever paper-like material was available to medieval tile designers. Look at this lot and see if you agree.

So I decided to try it for myself, inspired by the tiles top left.

This is the negative version - not very well stamped, I'm afraid. I realised too late that using green ink on a green stamp is making life difficult for yourself.

One of the results of the paper folding method is that, with only one fold, you end up with a design which is only symmetrical about one axis [to get a bit mathematical] That means that the design can look slightly odd on its own but usually looks better when repeated. If you rotate the layout round a single point, you can get some interesting secondary patterns. This is a much better snowflake than any I produced yesterday, even if it has only got 4 points.

You will have noticed that there hasn't been a lot of embroidery on this blog for a while. I have been working on some postcards and ATCs for a swap but I can't show you those until they have arrived at their destination. I have also been spending a lot of time sorting out my room after Wensleydale finished his DIY in there - which took a little longer than anticipated, partly because somebody changed her mind.

This is my new paper and paint area - now on the opposite side of the room to the sewing section. [The wonky heater is there, in addition to the very effective radiator, for insomniac nights.]

This is some fairly eclectic storage - the shelves were the last minute addition.

This is the unnaturally tidy sewing alcove. The weird white cat is a cover for the machine. And the photographer is, fortunately, obscured by the flash ...

And this is the bit that remains to be tackled. Yes, I have got a lot of books ...

I think it is going to be a big improvement ,and hopefully when I have finished sorting the books I will feel more inspired. I have had some ideas about the stamps - just need to make myself follow them through!

1 comment:

Jackie said...

The tile photo is lovely.
They look as if they've been torn rather than cut out of paper.
I am impresses by your tidy workroom. Mines just about in order but not ordered at the moment. And as for eclectic...!