March 13, 2013

Cy's take on Debra's Christmas wallhanging

I've been playing with Debra's Christmas wallhanging design in Photoshop.

This is a digital design.

I may have overdone the number of snowflakes, but you could always put some larger doilies in the four corners and graduate the sizes towards the middle.
For the Nordic theme I thought of putting rows of basic felt shape silhouettes that have been stitched in the folke style of just buttonhole edges or even just running stitch as on the reindeer here.
Debra, you could even turn this into a 24-day Christmas calendar if you make the shapes reversible with a number on a plain side, to turn one over each day to see the stitched side.
(Sorry, I enjoy creating work for others, haha)


Edited to add this pic.

Large doilies and lacy trims could be at the bottom, graduating to smaller snowflakes towards the top.
Gives the effect of falling snow. ~~ I think ~~

I'll do another digital manipulation later to show the larger doilies in the centre.


Next edit follows.......

A few hearts scattered amongst the larger doilies in the centre.
I did this manipulation before I saw Debra's new pic with the large centre snowflake.

I like having the wide area of red separating the large doilies from the small ones. I think it gives the eye a resting place.


Debra Spincic said...

Thanks Cy!! Isn't this pretty?

It's great to see the snowflakes all around the outside edge. I was going to try to get more of them up on the piece today but you've saved me the effort!! Ha! Ha!!

Now I am intrigued with the idea (prompted by Suz) of some big doilies in the middle. I would also like to have some folk hearts mixed in so I might be able to add those with the big doilies. And a small one every now and then with the snowflakes. I might even bust out some cross stitch fabric and stitch them by hand (oh, did I say that??)

I guess now I am leaning more towards a winter theme and less of a Christmas theme for this piece.

I still want a lace, doily, motif traditional CQ. I have lots of fabric, embellishments and embroidery files I want to use. Maybe something for the wall in my living room would be good. I've been thinking of a traditional Christmas CQ for a long time. It's just a hard task to pull off with such a limited palette. I need to decide what I want to do when I grow up!!

Debra Spincic said...

I like the poinsettias (in general) but I think I need to trim the one white leaf off that is remaining. These were all connected as an "airy" tablerunner. I got it on clearance a few years ago for something like $2. I figured I could work with it somehow.

They really blend in but maybe with something dramatic in the middle, that is OK. Not everything should be dominant. My thought is to buttonhole them to the surface.

Here's a question-

How would you sew the doilies to the surface? just hand tack them every so far?

Suztats said...

Such a great design, Cy!
I would tack the doilies by hand so as not to disturb the design, or use the buttonhole stitch around the outside. That would secure them well, and add another lighter dimension to the edge.Depending on the center design, I might tack the doily there, too.
I'm sure whatever you decide will be beautiful and worthy, Debra.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

Very pretty, love all the lace doilies on the red CQ blocks.

ladyhawthorne said...

I can see several large doilies overlapped in the center with the hearts scattered over them and the outside all smaller snowflakes. I'd trim off the rest of the white on the poinsettias too but stitch them down with a color to make them stand out and not get lost on the red cq background.

As an additional thought, is there some reason there has to be a focal point in the center? How about 1 poinsettia scattered in each square? If you need a focal center how about just overlaying the 'happy holidays' piece there?

Suztats said...

I can see the center with larger doilies and the poinsettias in the doily centers. That way you have the red on white on red thing going on, you still get to use the poinsettias and your doilies, although it might not be as nordic looking.

cq4fun said...

I like Cy's photo shopping. There are so many beautiful things this could become, and my mind is getting scattered with thinking of so many, like smelling perfumes one after another. =) I would hand-tack the doilies, I think.

Cy said...

I'll join in the conversation later, but I just want you to know I have added another pic with differently arranged snowflakes.
I'm off to my embroiderers guild meeting now, so I'll catch up with thoughts on this project when I get back home.
C ya later.

Debra Spincic said...

I can't imagine 45" x 60" of red with snowflakes without some kind of focal point. I can't even imagine embroidering it!

I like the tapestry idea but not totally ready to embrace ME stitching it!

Debra Spincic said...

I'm beginning to think the 'nordic' idea is more the color scheme than the design elements.

I do like the doilies though.

Suztats said...

Yes, Cy, that does look like falling snow. Very cool. Looking forward to seeing more manipulations! What a great way to see how a project will look!

Cy said...

Ok folks. Next photo edit has been added now, with the larger snowflakes in the centre.

Debra Spincic said...

I did mess with this idea a little bit and the space allowed for the large doilies is really only large enough for the medium sized doilies.

If I am to get any size differences, I will need to go with some very small snowflakes. Then, I would have very small, small and medium.

I will try mocking this up in real life in the morning. The poinsettias and the hearts are now gone.

Debra Spincic said...

Thanks for your help Cy! I also like this central panel idea. The large star "snowflake" is really pretty but a bit too much. I could always mount it on its own for another small piece. I really didn't even know I had it until this afternoon.

One thing I wanted to avoid would be to cover too much of the red with the doilies. I need a good balance so I have room for hand embroidery but not too much room! And, I don't want a blizzard either.

cq4fun said...

Every one of those arrangments has possibilities - and makes me jealous of how well you use photo shop. =)

Suztats said...

Another great mock-up Cy!
I don't envy your decision Debra-all the arrangements look wonderful.