Saturday, April 23, 2011

One May Night - 2nd Band of Roses

One May Night is a good example of the challenges I mentioned last post. I can't tell how many ways I put this one together in the software and each time something wasn't right. I'd leave it alone for awhile and then I'd wake up early one morning or during the night (which is when I'm finding I do my best designing, LOL!) and suddenly it was a smack my head moment when I'd say, of course, that's how it should be!

And it seems that what always makes it 'right' is editing out the 'too much' and going back to the design principles I began with. When I did that with One May Night it was like a jigsaw puzzle that suddenly snaps into place. I am enjoying stitching it and happy that I varied the direction of the floral bands. At least now that I'm stitching the second section it isn't boring since it isn't exactly the same.

I promised a review last post and I'd like to mention a designer I've come to admire, Mary Card. A quote about her from

Mary Card became a crochet lace designer late in life, after deafness forced her to sell her private school in Melbourne early in the twentieth century.

Her crochet designs published in New Idea, a lively new women’s magazine quickly became very popular, especially when they included Australian flora and fauna. A series of books followed. Her designs were appealing and her patterns easy to follow.

She moved overseas towards the end of World War I to explore larger markets for her work. She lived in America for a few years then in England until shortly before she died in 1940 at the age of 80.

You can find her designs in many places including reproductions of her booklets on ebay.

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