Friday, February 22, 2008

To crop... then how much?

This is the question I always ask myself as I am finishing a new piece. It's the question I am asking myself today with this piece too. I know when I begin that I always design the piece to be larger than what I imagine the finished size will be. I don't add to much to the original, but I do allow for what will be under a binding or turned back when faced. I've decided that I will face this piece which. Finishing with a facing seems to have become my preferred method of taking care of the edges of my work over the last year or so. This piece was dye painted, quilted to contour and to suggest dimension. Highlights shading and additional shaping was achieved with fabric markers. I like the fact that I can take a digital image of my work and upload it into the computer and crop and re crop and ponder before I take a straight edge and rotary cutter to the piece.
But today I am really having more than a few doubting moments about this piece. Here are a few cropped images of the piece.
I am going to go hang the piece on the design wall and take strips of white paper and pin them in place and take the rest of today to decide what will be cropped off and end up in the trash can.
Do you have a favorite cropped image?

7 comments:

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

Juanita...your flowers are always beautiful. I like the 2nd from the bottom best but then again I like them all.

Karoda said...

Hi Juanita, I agree with brigitte...the 2nd from the bottom.

Deb said...

I like the second one too but if I were you I would want to know why.

Rian said...

I like number 2 as well. Beautiful flower!

Caron said...

I looked at the photos before the comments, and I picked the second one too. I think we're seeing a pattern here!!!

Beautiful flower!

Caron in Michigan
http://blog.caronmosey.com

Anonymous said...

Juanita,
I must add my vote for the second one as well, but I love all your work.
Jean C.

Jackie said...

I picked mine before I looked at the comments and I like the 2nd from the bottom, also.