Thursday, March 15, 2012
Judy W's Element of Simplicity: No Excess
All my choices were symbolic. The design is uncomplicated, focused and simplistic with an overall depiction of my targeted goal. The red ribbon X is emphasizing NO as well as the cross hairs of a target.
My fabric choices hopefully convey the following... black chicken fabric is akin to running around like a chicken with my head cut off when I complicate my life with too many choices, tasks or thoughts. I feel like I am in the darkness of confusion. The white clock print fabric reminds me of time constraints and choosing what is important and letting go of the unnecessary. It is lighter in appearance and so is the feeling that follows with accomplishment and letting go. In choosing the solid yellow gold fabric, I eliminated all distraction and reached the bulls eye of my target - by eliminating Excess (XS), and achieving the ultimate element of simplicity.
Finishing details include a narrow red ribbon crosshatch to indicate a target (goals), a kumihimo (Japanese Braid) embellished inner circle that defines and honors reaching my goal of simplicity in life, and concentric quilting lines radiating toward the center of my focus. Lettering is a bold black embroidered reminder to stay true to the Element of Simplicity by eliminating Excess in my life.
I used fabric glue to adhere the ribbon and braid. Quilting stitches anchor the ribbon but I chose not to couch the braid unless it indicates that necessity later.