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Taking my own advice

Simple v Complex

This stitch camp one week exercise got me thinking about design.  It can be very complex, like some of the designs by participants or simple.  For me the Queen of using a simple design, with style, is Gudrum Sjoden.  She can take the simplest design and make it something else.  Case in point, her new Spring 2022 home-wares collection.

She has taken a very simple flower design,

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Then played with colour, size, and direction. 

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If you draw out the design this is all it is, with maybe an extra leaf here or there. The circles of the flower are all different sizes.

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Who would think you could come up with some many attractive pieces from such a simple design?

That then translates into embroidery design.  We seem to be so obsessed with the complex and yet there is such beauty in the simple.


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Well, the simple is harder to get right. It's possibly to hide behind complexity! (I speak as one who's done so...!)

Carolyn Foley

Yes, that is true.

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