Well, last week was catch-up week, so that gave you all a bread from my TAST postings ;-D
This week's stitch is Pistil. This was my first attempt at this stitch, so I do have some practicing to do, but I do like the stitch and can see its usefulness for certain applications. I was also having purple withdrawal so...
I think I may be burning out on trees because my heart just didn't seem to be in it, but I did manage to eek one out. I also "played" a bit and below is the border and something-something else I also stitched. On the border I experimented a bit with different angles and the overlap so the border isn't uniform...honest, it was on purpose.
It seems to me you basically can get this same effect (in the majority of instances) by using the straight stitch with a French knot on the end. I know - pretty exciting stuff *giggle*.
I also re-designed the necklace I posted earlier and made three bracelets for a custom order. The pendant is removable. I was asked to create a crystal necklace using her grandmother's crystals and she referenced one of my other necklaces at a shop as something she liked - simple but elegant. At the top is one of the bracelets with customer's grandmother's crystals and some pearls. Below are two other bracelets I re-designed for her. (There were a lot of crystals).
I find it really tough to be creative when doing custom work, especially when I can't get a read on the customer and said customer doesn't really seem sure of what she wants. I get the sense she isn't a person who loves crystals but rather prefers warm, earthy tones. I can't get up my mojo to be really creative when designing for someone else either. When I just play and there are no expectations the creativity just seems to flow. How do you all handle doing custom work? How do you get past the uncertainty?