Saturday, July 7, 2012

thinking ouside the box...

i always try to be thinking outside the box, but Karen Ruane's Ledger class has really encouraged me to do that even more. it took me a while to get into this but i'm really enjoying working on these pages and i can see so many possibilities developing for moving forward in my stitching. here are a few more ledger pages i've been working on. click on the images for a close-up view.

stitchery added on the right of this page i posted last week. this was a thrift store find linen hanky. i did some free motion stitching and then appliqued circles of the embroidery over the stitching.

this started out with the paisley shaped image from a Dover design book from the 1960s. i pulled some elements from the design and created open circles backed with scrim, leaving parts of the cut out area intact.

this page started out with a sashiko design on paper and eventually was stitched on cloth.

close-up of the sashiko stitched design

the paper design is tacked onto the back of the stitching.
it's hard leaving my familiar comfort zone and venturing out of the box but it sure is fun seeing things and combinations of things in a new light and being inspired to create something different. it's the only way to really move forward. i found this article had some interesting hints for thinking out of the box. check it out and let me know what you think.

17 comments:

Jacky said...

These pages are wonderful Deanna, so colourful and innovative. Great to get that brain thinking outside the box...beautiful results.

Enjoyed the article, and will try a few of those ideas.

Jacky xox

blandina (aracne) said...

I found the article very interesting, coming out of the box is a challenge for me. If I compare myself to the person I was just one year ago I see that I have walked a long way, but more needs to be done and your post is everything I need today. A good way to start a sunny and hot Sunday, thank you!
Your ledger is very inspiring.

Rachel said...

There are a couple of people blogging about Karen's Ledger course, and creating such different results - good evidence that Karen is providing the right combination of freedom and inspiration!

Carmel said...

Fabulous work. Amazing looking workshop you are doing.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Enjoyed seeing your classwork. Thank you for the link, I enjoyed reading the article and took notes on CREATE FIRST.
Deb

saskia said...

the sashiko stitched design is fantastic, the whole ledger idea is great!!

Penny Berens said...

Looks like a great course Karen is giving...makes me want to work more conscientiously on my sketchbooks.

karen said...

you know how much I love what you are doing with this work....

Nancy said...

Your pages are fantastic! So interesting and out of the box!! Thank you for the article, that kind of creating is something I could nurture in myself some more.

Jeannie said...

I love what you are creating in Karen's class. The sashiko design is gorgeous. I like how you got a different design by coloring different elements. I really liked the articl and thought it had some good ideas. I need to go back and re-read it again. Hope you are having a beautiful day.

liniecat said...

Gosh Deanna, what an interesting ledger you are creating. Fabulous design ideas emerging too.........

Els said...

WOW WOW Deanna ! you're taking it "a few steps further" !!!!

ali said...

This is so colorful and intricate--and different from what I've come to know as your work. I've been following Karen's ledger course (as a silent participant so far) but haven't had the opportunity to create much--yet. This has got my creative spark going. Great article, too--helpful reminders!

Anita said...

Deanna,I just fell in love with what you are doing in Karen's class.To come out of comfort zone always helps us to grow and you are doing a great job! The article about creative thinking is so good,got to read it again and practice some of the things said...Thanks a lot :)

Deb G said...

The article has lots of good suggestions. :) Love what you are doing...

handstories said...

these pages are the coolest things. so inspiring. i hope i'll get to do this class sometime.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deanna. Love your design work in your Ledger. What a neat class. You're right, the pages suggest so many possibilities and experiments. Enjoyed the article. I find a lot of people say "I can't" or "why?" when I would say "I can" and "why not?" For me, thinking outside the box means being able to see the possibilities. I suppose I like living in Tunisia because everything seems so different (even the bad stuff) as opposed to living in the States where everything is so familiar. I even spent a couple years at UT Austin and I remember the heat plus high humidity. Stay cool!
best, nadia

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