Friday, December 27, 2013

Puzzle Piece, FINISHED

It's finished!  My Puzzle Piece (not a purse) is finished!  Happy, happy dance!!!
I concentrated on this piece in an effort to finish it before the end of the year and I've just made it.
This was an incredibly intense project.  Every section required multiple decisions.  Even though I sort of planned out a lot of it, deciding where to use the different area designs from the Puzzle Purse book, I still had lots of decisions to make all the way.  And towards the end, I couldn't fit any of the area designs into my remaining shapes, so I pulled out all my Jean Hilton books and chose stitches from those.
I think the biggest mistake I made on this piece, was not to see it as a whole.  I tended to focus on each area individually and that was a mistake.  It is going to be a very busy piece no matter what, but if I had been looking at it more as a whole, I would have arranged the colors differently and used fewer colors so that the center Bargello diamond would be set off more. 
That being said though, I do like this piece.



Sara Leigh said...

I think it's lovely, but I guess I see what you mean. I haven't tackled this design as yet. I'm not sure I wouldn't feel totally overwhelmed by all the decisions to make and then not be totally satisfied in the end. I do love your color palette and the stones you have included in the focal diamond area. They draw the eye to it immediately.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I think it is beautiful. Would a backstitched line (or couched laid line of thread) in copper around the center diamond highlight it just enough?

I'm not sure it needs it but it might make you happier in the end.

LIZ said...

Good idea Jane, I'll think on that!

Didi-beadwork said...

this is super stunning and something i have always wanted to do. good on you for having a go.

Jocelyn in NZ said...

What fabulous stones you have used in the centre!!!!!
Isn't fun doing each little area, but I think you are quite right that it means you are less likely to think of the piece as a whole.
Nonetheless, I think you have worked. Another masterpiece :)

Danielle said...

Wow! Fabulous. Love, love, love it!