Saturday, January 8, 2011
I have been drawing feathers again and wanted to show you what I've been working on.
This is a back of a potholder that I did my "meandering feathers".
Step 1: I drew a meandering line that is spread out so I can easily go back and add feathers.
Step 2: The feathers are added making sure that all the space is covered, but giving yourself some room while doing curves.
Step 3: Once one side is all filled in. You can finish on the other side filling in the whole area with feathers.
The variations are endless. You can make a ribbon vein. Circles can be added in the veins. The feathers can be curls. You can stitch over the meandering a second time to make the vein really stand out. Let your imagination run wild. I used a pink pen so you can see my work better and to train myself to quit erasing all the time. It is my sketchbook and I'm experimenting--why erase the mistakes? A mistake could lead into a completely new design :)
Practice in your sketchbook until you feel comfortable drawing out your design. Then I move to my sewing machine to stitch it out on a practice piece. If I really feel comfortable, I move to my project. When I'm doing a new design, I like to practice on potholders because of their size and I can finish it in a small amount of time to see if a design really works for me. Please remember that your feathers will not look like mine--they will be your own unique feathers! If you do a project using meandering feathers, I would love to see a picture of your finished project!