I’ve been working hard on a new design for a miniature pocket, based on a design from Thomas Trevelyon. It’s unbelievable how much time it takes to draw, trace, edit, fix, erase, edit, redraw, copy, white out, redraw from an original to create a pattern that’s usable for us to stitch from. This is especially true when working in miniature, since a pattern that’s too crowded simply won’t work!
Here is what the original pattern from Trevelyon looks like.
And here is how it looks now that I’ve finished reworking it for embroidering in a much smaller area.
Here are all the Au ver a Soie D’Alger threads on the ivory silk fabric, including the gold passing thread I’ll be using. Just seeing them altogether makes me excited to get started!
I’ve decided on which colours I want to use but not where each colour will be used within the design. For that I will pull out my coloured pencils. I test each coloured pencil to see if the colour matches when the pencil is applied to the paper. Once I’ve found the best match, I make a note of which number pencil correlates to which number thread.
Then I lay them out as you see above, ready to experiment. I always have a “whee of a time” colouring in the design! I usually do three of four different coloured designs before I find one I love and, even then, I often make adjustments as I stitch.
What do you think of the colours? Do you do the same kind of thing when designing a piece? Please leave a comment and share your process with us!