Not getting any cleaning done, but I’m not going to subject you to any of that until it’s all done. (And that could be soon or it could be never!)
My next deadline is fast approaching! I have to have a class-selling sample ready to photograph and submit by Dec. 10. This is Dec. 1 and I’m still not sure of the best way to proceed. Here’s how I go about my planning, even though I don’t have it all figured out.
The class concept has been decided. I will be teaching an embellishment class, one day, with embroidery, beading, couching and working with unusual or non-traditional materials. This is the sketch I made of what I want the design to look like, except I haven’t decided if I want the more traditional look (not oak leaf, but smoother edges!) or the abstract look, multiple pieces or just two.
Now what size do I think we can successfully complete in a one day class? Ten inches is too small to make into anything useful, though if we start with a 12″ square and finish at 10″ it could be a small pillow or a pocket on a tote or skirt. That’s what I decided to go with…starting with a neutral. Next decision is what to make the leaves out of. I want to offer a variety of fabrics besides that traditional cotton. Silk, organza, wool and another size decision…
Too small, so I went with an 8″ square. First half of the leaf decision made. Now for the half that will actually be completed first in the process. Applique in a strong, contrasting color?
Or very neutral?
Or simply drawn onto the background fabric?
And what about using a very dark background?
Do I make samples of all these variations? Or decide on one, spend a goodly amount of time making it beautiful and use that for a single class sample? At least for that sample photograph!
Still many decisions to be made, but the process is started. I’m thinking that the best way to go is with a kit, with fabrics, beads, trims available. More thinking on this part of the class, too!