I’ve written before about how designs can be tricky, and today’s post is another example of this particular conundrum. This week, in fact, gave me two different manners of designs proving difficult.
The first was a bookmark I want to make that displays the first few bars of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. I’ve had people ask me for a music themed patch before, and this particular piece holds a special place for me as the only piece of piano music I ever came close to mastering back when I played.
However, while the music itself stitched beautifully, you can see that the sharp signs at the beginning look, instead, like little black blobs. And nothing I have thought to do has been able to fix them. So, for the moment, the idea of a music patch has been shelved, while I think of how to re-design it.
My other troublesome design is one inspired by H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. I drew and digitized a Martian tripod, and I think he looks pretty awesome. But beyond the tripod itself — I’ve found myself stumped. My initial idea was to make him quite large, with some small people running away. You can see my initial sketch here, and rendering it in embroidery did not improve it any. My little people simply looked awful and amateurish, and they lacked any real life.
So, I let it sit on the back burner for a while, waiting for some other inspiration to come to me. Eventually, I had the idea to play with the notion of the tripods being defeated not by any human ingenuity, but instead by their lack of resistance to the native germs here on Earth. I attemped to make a joke of it, depicting the tripod sneezing.
But, as before, it lacked life. And additionally, it lacked any true storytelling, and I doubted that somebody looking at it would think, “Oh! War of the Worlds, of course!” So, I showed it to Mike, explained all of my concerns and asked him to give it some thought in case he was inspired.
Mike is awesome. And inspired. And he drew me this sketch which will be refined in the coming week or two to become and actual awesome design.