Even though the majority of fretwork projects are pretty complex and elegant, I have always liked the charm of a more primitive style. There is something about the simplicity of primitive and country decorating that never fails to put a smile on my face. When I lived in the Chicago area, much of my house was decorated in a country style, and I thought that it had a warm and welcoming feeling to it.
One of the fun things about being a designer is that I am able to explore many different types of styles and themes through my designing. While some people tell me that they can pick out my “style” in my projects that are published in the magazine, I still feel like I offer a wide variety of types of projects for others to enjoy.
In this current group of projects, I chose to do some of the designs in the primitive style. As you saw in the previous posts, many of the designs were somewhat complex and would only be suitable for someone who has had a bit of experience at the scroll saw. What I like about making primitive projects is that while they may be a bit simpler to create, there is no way that they need to be boring or plain. My self-challenge was to create something that is both cute and appealing, yet simple enough to cut so that even new people will make the attempt to try it.
Primitive and country is really a popular theme now, as it seems that people may find comfort in its simplicity in our busy and overloaded world. I think that this project would be a great seller for those who like to sell their scroll work. It didn’t take very long to cut and with a few simple embellishments, it will be something that will appeal to many.
Yesterday I spent the day working on several of the projects at once. I sanded, shaped, and finished cutting the accompanying pieces for some of the other trays. It was a lot of this and that and the other thing all at once, and it is fun and exciting to see all the projects slowly coming together.
In going through my previous blogs though, I realized that I never gave you a glimpse of my primitive style tray that I am working on. While I plan to add a bit more to this project, I thought that I would set it up and show you the basic design.
I chose a crow and star theme because for some reason I really like the crows. They are simple and cute and fun to make and as you saw last week, I am making another type of crow design in this batch too that you will see in a day or so. In any case, here is what I have for you today:
The tray will have as you see, a base of funky little mis-shaped stars and have some cute and simple pumpkins and crows dancing around it:
I have some other little ‘surprises’ for it too, but that is where it is at today.
This was all done with the same piece of beautiful cherry that I cut the Filigree Candle Tray out of that I showed last week. I love the color and think it looks really nice with this project and gives it a warm and charming look.
I have a lot of photography to do today. Many of these new projects I am going to show in two versions – as I typically do. The first version will be shown in natural wood and the second one will be shown with some color and perhaps some additional embellishments added on them. I love giving choices and showing how one pattern can be finished to several different styles. I think it helps people become more creative, even if they don’t believe that they are.
With that said, I will sign off for today. It will be another busy day of working on several different projects at once. While it is an extremely busy time for me, I am also having fun. It is great to see all these projects come together and it is probably the most exciting part of the process. I hope you stay tuned and watch them evolve with me.
Have a happy Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"