I’ve mentioned before that I tend to explore a lot of regular, methodical and systematic variations on a theme before branching out into ‘improv’ or disordered versions of the same idea. It’s just how my brain works: I feel more comfortable tackling things in a structured way before exploring the unstructured. It’s almost like I need to establish the rules before I can decide how to break them.
So, more windows this week, but peering into an array of angled lines of varying thickness. As with most of my ‘improv’-like sketches, I didn’t think this one through too much — just started shading from the top left, deciding what worked best in each rectangle depending on its closest neighbours. Taking it one rectangle at a time helps to keep the whole design balanced in terms of the direction of the angles, the thickness of the stripes, and the amount of shading.
All the angles are 45 degrees (there’s only so much disorder I can handle at once!), so the construction would be fairly simple (following the same general procedure as Sunday sketches #54 and #55). This design would work well with multiple fabrics, and with scraps too.
Last week’s sketch was the start of a journey into a new design idea — almost like looking through a window. You’ll see more of where that design has taken me over the next month or so. This week, I’m still looking through rectangles to see stripes.
This time the rectangles are fatter and the colouring is reversed, but the same construction method applies. A little over half of the rectangles shown here are each a single fabric piece (I imagine them all from one fabric but you could also do a big scrappy version). The rest are made from 2 fabrics; add the required corners by overlaying a square or triangle across the rectangle piece of fabric (right sides together) and sew diagonally across. Arrange and separate with sashing, then add a border. Ta da!