My Stitch Along for May Week 3
Stitch Along this week was adding borders. They needed to be irregular.... if you missed the rules, check back to last Thursday.
So I needed to decide what to add for borders. I find the best way to do this is to audition fabrics to see how they might look. Just looking at the piece, I knew I wanted to continue the dark at the bottom. Mainly because I didn't like the way the color part ended abruptly at the edge. I lay a piece of the brown across the bottom.
In my stash I found a couple of light fabrics which both had a touch of teal in them and seeing as I have included some in the background, I thought they might work well for the borders. The first piece is quite bright but blended well with the brown...
The second a little duller...
They didn't seem to do anything for me. Usually when I like something, it just jumps out at me and says "yes". These didn't, so I played with another idea. The thought was to add more background strips onto the sides. To get an idea of how it would look, I made a mock up in my photo program adding the dark border across the top and to the sides as well.
It was better, but still not what I really wanted.... but it gave me another idea.
I decided to go with plain dark borders and use the teardrop design I'd added for my element last week to cut out some applique shapes.... I'd position these on the dark borders.
First I added a wide bottom border. I made this 6" wide. Then I made the sides and the top 2" wide so they were irregular.
I was definitely liking this look best of all so far.
I went ahead and drew some teardrop shapes at random on a scrap of fusible webbing.
Then pressed them to the back of some fabric scraps, the same greenish tones I used in the background for week one.
I cut them out and played around with their positions. First I grouped them but it didn't look right, then I had the idea of following on from the curved shape. I like this best as it has broken that abrupt stop somewhat.
I'm definitely having fun with this. If I'd known that it would end up this way, I probably wouldn't have cut those corner teardrops out last week.
Now I'm wondering if it looks better this way.
What do you think?