Monday, January 14, 2008

in the "what was I thinking?" category...

I unearthed this THING yesterday and decided it was a candidate either for triage or garbage. I'll try the former, first.

I know what I was thinking: I was looking for a way to combine my hand-prints with some ugly commercial fabric I had sitting around and decided to put somebody else's head on my shoulders. It didn't work. Rachel and I got hysterical over its ugliness and I shoved it under a pile of stuff. Good move. It is butt ugly.
So here I am, challenging myself to improve it. (Is this a big waste of my precious time??) It looks like a checkerboard gone mad; I have already put it into my "oops" folder. What would YOU do with it?

8 comments:

Shirley Goodwin said...

Stamp it, cover it with organza or net, restitch and burn it.

Chriss said...

what about over dyeing it so the colours mesh? Then you could do some random texturizing stitches (like meandering pintucks) to break up the grid effect and use it as a base/background.

Linda Branch Dunn said...

Use it to wrap a present, or donate it to a comfort quilts project.

Over-dying is worth a try, if it feels worth the time to you.

Valeri said...

Well I actually um like it! There has that completed negated any credibility I had! I'd applique all over it with lots of glitz as well...beads, metallic threads, the works! After all if its going to be so chav then one might as well go the whole hog!

Rayna said...

LOL, Linda. Well said. But I've challenged myself...

Nellie's Needles said...

I believe it would be an interesting foundation for whatever technique(s) you decide to layer on. The wonky checkerboard grid (or bits and pieces of it) could be just the unexpected element in a future project. If all it never works for the front of a piece, it may be an interesting backing.

Russ Little said...

So many things benefit from a bit of orange. Could this be one of them?

I like the idea of adding something to disrupt the pattern. The sharp angles and corners (wonderfully executed of course) make the composition seem severe and a bit cold. I want to add irregular curving lines with nice undulating widths. You could definitely do some stamping or dry brush fabric paint over some (not all) of the purple to pick up more value range in that hue. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Thanks for inviting us in to the design process. I love it!

TALL GIRL said...

I would be donate it to a local charity which specializes in 'handicrafts!"