Hello there! Here’s the part where I say yes, it’s been a while, but you know, life happens. Blah, blah, blah.

Now, on to the good stuff.

I made some things!

white grid 1It started out that I had this page about subtraction that I wanted to use. So I started thinking about how to visually show subtracting. The idea that I settled on was one of a disappearing blackwork pattern. Sounds simple enough, right? I did though, want to fight my tendency for perfect symmetry and just wanted to remove some random pieces and go from there. I sketched up a pattern, poked holes, stictched it and… was unsatisfied. The scale here is all wrong. The stitching fits the page, but the pattern doesn’t really work, nor does the white. red grid 1

So I ditched the math book (I have more subtraction pages, but I think I’ll save it for something else), and switched to a French version of The Swiss Family Robinson — only because the pages were larger and have some interesting illustrations. I redid the same pattern doubled in size (with maybe a variation here or there) and switched up the color.

red grid 2At first, I was a bit unsure about if it worked or not. After stepping back from it (photographing always helps me see things better), I am pleased. So I drew up another pattern and stitched that one, too. This one I’m unsure about at the moment; it’s a bit wonky in places (but normally I don’t mind that). I also have a compulsion to do things in threes, so there might be another one eventually, but I can’t settle on a blackwork pattern that isn’t too intricate or doesn’t tile too well, or looks too similar to the ones I’ve already done.

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My favorite bit, for those of you still with me, is this part of the octagonal piece, where I’ve happily accidentally framed the initials of the illustrator.


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