Hello everyone, it sure feels good to be back in the embroidery saddle again.
I hadn't intended to disappear for a week but life conspired to take me elsewhere.
When last we left the shell project, I was leaving to stitch "sand" onto my piece...
Subsequent to that announcement, I received this comment from fellow BNF (blogging needle friend), Rachel Wright of VirtuoSew Adventures:
Random scatters are the hardest of all effects to achieve, but at the same time...you don't need to encrust the piece completely to create the illusion of a sandy beachAs we emailed back and forth, she added this bit of wisdom:
Random is hard because we are so good at pattern-spotting and pattern-making...This really got me thinking.
Having attempted to stitch randomly a few times before, I often found myself unintentionally choosing a similar sequence of beads or evenly spacing bead clusters...filling spaces...the overall effect being anything but random.
My solution to combat my own mind, was to take a handful of "sand" bead mixture and toss the beads onto the piece, letting them all fall where they may. I took a picture of this random scatter and used it as a "pattern" for my stitching the beads in place.
Over and over again, as I stitched this piece, I found myself falling back into a habit of selecting a certain sequence of beads or wanting to evenly space the beads out. It was very helpful to refer to the picture as a guide to break me from my natural tendencies.
Even with the help of the random photo, I'm afraid that my final product is not as "random" as I'd like to believe. I kept adding things that weren't in the picture and changing some selections.
Shame on me. End result is nice but I think I have to do a better job of sticking to the original plan.
Rachel was right. Random is hard. Much harder than it looks.
Regardless, I thought this whole lesson in randomness was a good thing. Thank you Rachel for sharing your insight ~ it was a great help.
Happy day everyone; I'm off to stitch another sea urchin...