This week we welcome guest blogger Bobbi Bullard. She is the author of Artful Machine Embroidery which you can win this week by commenting below!
– Thanks, Eileen
I have never been mistaken for Michaelangelo as when I take pencil to paper my drawings rival the scribbling of a five year old. Despite my limitations, my house is littered with notebooks, each filled with pages and pages of almost non-recognizable fashion drawings. Why do I do it? Why do I feel compelled to add volume after volume of doodles to my collection?
Even stranger, why do I preach to my students that they, as burgeoning fiber artists, should scratch and scribble as I do, no matter what their levels of artistic ability? I contend that these drawings do not have to be true-to-life, or even close to accurate as representations of the human figure for them to be a) art and b) useful in the journey of a fiber artist.
One technique I find particularly useful for enhancing creativity is to draw 3, 4 or 5 copies of a line drawing of a potential project. Once I have completed the line drawings, I start doodling on them. The drawings below are of Vogue 1330 which is in my queue for an upcoming project.
This was a fairly easy project for embellishment as the large sleeve is a semi-sheer rectangle. The biggest challenge for placement on that is to make sure that the embroidery will show at those times when you’re not actually holding your arm straight out to the side.
Here is an example of doodles that have made it to a completed project. The pattern is the Saf-T-Pockets pattern, To The Point. I started this project with the idea of using the designs included in my book, Artful Machine Embroidery. I was determined to make something (anything) that included the square free-standing lace design.
My first thought was a row of the squares down the back of the jacket.
I wasn’t kidding about my drawing ability not being exactly high-end. But the drawing did its job. I could tell that I wouldn’t be happy with a lonely line of lace down the back of a jacket.
Next, I added more embroidery, little motifs also from the design set that goes with the book.
As I had no bookings for clown jobs, this version didn’t appeal to me. The next idea was to put less of the lace in the jacket. I tried it as an insert on the front.
Ahh…. Much better.
I still had to deal with the back, so I returned to my line drawing and sprinkled the little motifs around.
Houston, we had lift-off. This was the answer. I did make the jacket. I added a cut-edge design to the front lapel and more motifs sprinkled around under the lace (all designs that come with the book). And it all started with a poorly executed drawing.
Now I’ve gone public, “Hi, my name is Bobbi and I’m a doodle-holic”.