Monday, August 8, 2011
A "Petite Pocket" Workbook
As you saw in my previous post, I am now working on 'petite pockets' which I hope to display at a show later this year. Because I enjoyed making the little 'heart' workbook, I thought it might help to make up a 'pocket' book.
This book began as a 4"x6" notebook which I purchased at a discount store for $1. It is supposed to be used for recipes, but works quite well as a small, handy dandy reference book. The size is good for me - it takes up little room on my messy work table and has a lot of pages.
I began by putting a cover on it (see the picture at the top) front and back. Much nicer looking than the original cover. Inside I have my own definition of what I am trying to create. I moved on to putting a picture of the general pattern and wrote down my guidelines for preparing these pockets. I've included pages where I will list ideas, themes, color schemes and designs as I think of them. As I go along I will include each piece - both the pattern design with notes and the final pictures with notes. Also 'stuffed' in here will be inspiration pictures - ideas I get from magazines or books or whatever.
When I make a punchneedle design -- I always have a copy that includes the floss number colors, the combinations (2 threads of one color, 1 thread of another, etc.) and the level that I punched that particular combination. For my book I have taken pictures of this pattern, reduced it and put it onto a page. I will now have a record of the colors I've used for future reference.
Lastly I take pictures of the finished project, put those into the book and then makes notes including the month/year that it was finished and notes to myself about what I liked and what might have gone wrong (hopefully not to duplicate that problem again).
At the completion of each 'pocket' I will add to my little book - making it a bit 'fatter' with each piece.
"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination". - Napolean Hill