by Sandra | January 4th, 2013
As you can see in the photo above, I have my beginning palette of fabrics ready to go for the Nuthatch Block. I have been spending DAYS searching for the right combination since I finished the preliminary Nuthatch pattern.
One of the hardest things for me to do is to find fabrics that not only are perfect for bringing the Naturalist’s Notebooks to life, but more importantly, I am able to successfully cut for kits and know each and every piece will create the same results for you.
You have no idea how big my grin is when I receive a picture of a completed block and yep, it looks just like mine! Awesome.
Like a painter mixes paints, I look primarily for batiks with a mix of colors and values. I may only see ONE spot in a full yard of fabric that will be for the area I am working on. Obviously this approach will not work for literally hundreds of kits! I would be penniless. More so than I am now that is.
I think one of the great side benefits of these kits has been (especially in my workshops) is that they also teach you how I use color and fabric. This is something that really is very difficult to teach to a room full of students in a short amount of time along with the handwork techniques. It is basically a devoted art class in and of itself.
I used to think kits were not a good thing. Now I know differently. Kits have a very beneficial service of independently teaching how to use fabrics and color to obtain the result YOU want and gradually build your color and fabric choice confidence to eventually go it alone and succeed.
I realized after I had completed the pattern that I had almost the same bird colors as the Titmouse. Duh. I guess I like birds with that coloring? Anyway, I changed up the red breasted Nuthatch for the white breasted Nuthatch. What a dork.
I don’t know about you, but I like a bit of variety from block to block (or section to section). It keeps things interesting no?
I am really excited to do the Mountain Ash berries with the brighter red to orange colors. Yum.
With a few small areas of what I call “color carry over” I can relate each block in the design to create a cohesive design. For instance the orange in the Mountain Ash berries will relate back to the small spots of orange embroidery in the Goldfinch block on the other side of the layout. They will also relate back to the Wren block which is also across the “aisle” in the design.
When the center Poppy block is done, then the orange and red will really pop in the blocks along the sides.
The world did not end so I must hurry back to the stack of work that somehow keeps growing no matter how much of it I complete! I am buried right now and that, I remind myself, is a good thing because it means you like what I create.
My best wished to all of you and your families for 2013!