Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Some Days Are Diamonds

This is not the spiral I envisioned I wanted to make.  How do you draw a spiral that you can create in patches?  I admit, after some research it was still a mystery to me.  So I plodded along...with difficulty.  I will never divulge my pitiful process.

I can't make anything in these challenges, whether it was the Bead Journal Project, The Endevourers or any other group, that does not involve my deepest thoughts about the challenge and how it depicts me personally.

When the Spiral theme was selected, I was thinking of a spiral as being our path in life.  Each patch being a step, intentionally a little crooked and not uniform at all.  We learn as we go and as our knowledge expands, so does the spiral.  The stars in the background depict eternity and our life is just a moment in time.  There are little silver lined crystal beads sewn along the path.  I have a friend that absolutely loved John Denver.  Though I am not a fan, my friend repeated to me once a line from one of his songs that has always stuck with me.  "Some Days Are Diamonds".  So I have taken that phrase and over the years a good day is a Diamond.  The beads are only scattered close to the path, leaving room for future Diamond Days until we reach the end of our path.  I admit I ended this part of my path with a Cubs patch because I was born a Cub fan and will die a Cub fan...Die Hard they say were I was born in Chicago.

I have given some thought about how I could have achieved the piece my brain envisioned. Maybe I should have used a hoop when I added the diamonds, but in reality I should have used less tension on the thread.  Each bead is knotted after being sewn on.  I am so glad to be a member of this group.  I wonder what the NEXT challenge will be?  I'm pretty sure that I am going to explore another spiral piece, perhaps using hexies.

Have a Diamond Day!

Grateful:  Today, for an unexplained reason here, I am grateful my grandson and his family are safe.  Yesterday and today are not diamond days.

24 comments:

  1. Hi Carol what a clever girl you are your spiral looks awesome,well done my friend xx

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  2. I hope tomorrow is better. You deserve some diamonds.

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  3. I can see a lot of thought and work went into this piece..think of it as the 1st in a series ;))))
    --I really think your concept is good...how about sewing on precut (in the spiral shape) paper or muslin in the flip and sew method? Hugs, Julierose

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    1. Actually that is pretty much what I did. It was drawing the spiral that did me in. I'm pretty sure smaller pieces on the path would help.

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  4. That project would have freaked me out! I think you are doing great with these.

    Our lives can be like spirals, some days more spirally than others.

    Enjoy your week ~ FlowerLady

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  5. I love your reasons behind your art -I guess I didn't say that quite right, but you know what I mean. It's good to explain our art sometimes-because there are things that are important just to us. When those things get explained, they become important to the viewer as well, and it expands the viewing experience. I'm finding that true of some of my paintings now.
    I love your diamond thoughts!

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  6. I love the way you approach these projects and the thought that goes into them. They have a special and REAL meaning. This is a great piece, Carol. Sending positive vibes for more diamond days your way :)

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  7. That was a difficult challenge and I love your spiral and the meaning behind it.

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  8. Don't get discouraged, I have come to the conclusion that my brain comes up with better idea's than I can execute but I'm getting better all the time.
    When I do any free sewing applique I use freezer paper to stabilize it. Its shiny side irons on to the fabric 2-3 times before its useless and you can draw on the other side. Then pin it and needle turn it. You can get pretty fine details this way with practice. I like the suggestion for this being the first in a series. Use it to see where you are and how you progress.

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  9. Love the connections you make in this post! Some days are diamonds and some days are coal, but "the path goes ever on and on."

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  10. Looks good to me
    It reminds me of an animal's tale, content and happy.

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  11. I think this is a wonderful way of expressing life as a spiralling progression in the universe with occasional diamond days. You are very talented at finding ways to visually encapsulate vast concepts. I hope you will have a diamond day tomorrow :)

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  12. If you finish something with more questions than you started, and you learned something along the way, then you did a great job! I don't have your vision in my head, so I am quite taken with your spiral. =)

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  13. I love that you were even brave enough to TRY a spiral! I wouldn’t go there.... so good for you, dear one! But not being a fan of John Denver (and we’re of the same generation...) As the saying goes... “Them’s fightin’ worlds!” (Wink). Saw him in concert 3 times - what a great performer! Glad the kids are safe from the fires.... xo

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  14. You sounds slightly less than thrilled with your spiral. Looks good but I can't see what you originally envisioned. Make another! Make a series! Hope all's well with you and that tomorrow IS a diamond day.

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  15. You're so right - some days are diamonds and other's are just plain heaps of coal. All we can do is hope that the diamonds outweigh the coal. Personally, I like your spiral - way better than I could have done.

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  16. A great interpretation, Carol! I just love those beads and the idea behind them. And that was a useful tip about knotting each bead which I didn’t think of on my last beaded project. I’ll bear it in mind next time.
    It was fun joining in with this challenge and like you I felt my Spiral too could be the start of a series.
    Looking forward to the next challenge!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  17. A spiral seems difficult to execute in cloth I think and yours looks so good to me. This is just the type of project I love but wind up with a wide gap between what is in my mind and what I do. I enjoyed reading about your thoughts and this little spiral is adorned with symbolism. So meaningful!

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  18. How did I miss this post?! I like your spiral, it’s colorful and uplifting, like someone else commented an animal’s tail. That’s a happy image. I’ve put my heart into a number of challenges over the years, but not my brain. I find I can think too much, then a project goes off the rails. Maybe try not thinking so hard, just let your hands do the thinking. Lol. I wouldn’t change this piece though. I like that you added beads, and it’s an eye-catcher!

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  19. I've never tried making a spiral. I've fought with the double wedding ring already, but I think it was still easier than a spiral would be.

    Blessings~

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  20. I think your spiral is grand! It reminds me if you. :) Sorry you were not having diamond days. I wish you happy days. You take care and enjoy the rest of your summer. :) Kit

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  21. Its so frustrating when you can't get whats in your head out into real life - I completely understand your pain. My suggestion (not that I think there is anything wrong with your end result) would've been to create the spiral in pencil until you had the shape matching your vision. Or find one on the internet and enlarge and print it, which is most likely what I would've done, but I'm very lazy. :-)

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  22. Hi Carol--hand stitching: (your comment didn't get to my mail??) Anyway: only one or two stitches at a time on my needle and I go very slowly..trying to use my eye and only marking the first line with a disappearing pencil...
    I really enjoy this work--maybe that's why--my stitches sense that I love doing this and are happy to "stay in line";))) hahaha
    thanks for your lovely comment...hugs, Julierose

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  23. I like how your brain put it together and I think you depicted it very well. This was a hard challenge and practice makes perfect as we well know. Hugs, lj

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