As it's getting increasingly colder outside, I'm staying inside more. Eating warm food and curling under blankets; thinking about textiles and crocheting. I made a few commissions over the holidays and one of the projects required I look up an oriental rug for reference. Unfortunately, I can't find the rug I was looking at, but I absolutely fell in love with the patterning. Here are some patterns that have caught my eye since then:
The following is a picture of the commission I needed the reference photo for, and a couple other pieces I made during the same time:
The cup on the left has 6 other variations that I used as a warm up exercise for the two pieces to the right of it. The center piece is a teapot with a black and tan King Charles Cavalier Spaniel on top modeled after a dog named Tom Jones. The vase on the right was originally just going to be the texture of the clay and coils until I found the rug photo. Then I had to add the patterns. The symbols I decorate the pieces with aren't taken from one specific source. It is mostly just flora and fauna that is local to North Carolina that I draw in my own style. You can see a dogwood flower centered in the pattern on the left cup and wildflowers on the spout of the teapot and along the neck of the vase. I began looking into patterns making and its uses over time. Mostly, I found that it was for decorative purposes, which is mainly what I used mine for, but it is also used in heraldry (design of armor).
I've also been intrigued recently by the image of the lily, but for completely different reasons.
Earlier, in the late fall, I made a very large pitcher and was thinking about what I would decorate it with. At the time, I thought lilies and doves would be perfect. I have yet to decorate it and am still thinking I will do the lilies. -Allison