It is blog time again over at The Jewellery Artisans Community……
So what do you do to create your own design, do you plan it all out in advance and include scribblings and sketches etc.. or do you just go with it and make it all up as you go along. There is no right or wrong answer to this. Personally I start with a few basic pieces and an idea of a colour scheme, nothing too complicated as I don’t want my ideas set in stone. I find that I have tried that in the past and quickly become bored with a piece.
When I was designing my beaded bag I knew that there were two pieces (cabochons with writing) that would be the central pieces of the design, and I had a colour scheme in mind, but that was as far as planning went, the rest was just a case of seeing how it all developed really.
The picture shows the main pieces fixed into place, then came the task of sewing on thousands of little seed beads. I wanted the front and back of the bag different also so while going through the mundane stitching I was thinking about the back. There is no big trade secret to give away with the planning I tend to go with my gut feelings about a piece. If I am really not sure then I don’t go with it as the uncertainty will take away from the enjoyment of the piece. The back panel was planned in as much as I knew the colours and the piece of Shibhori ribbon I was using but the rest was worked around the shape of the ribbon when it was stitched down.
Then came the final decision in the planning process. What to line the bag with….That was the easy part…CAKE…………….. Cup cakes to be precise.
Here are what some friends are saying on the subject.