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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1008: Butterflies and Posies

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 505 days ago 1834 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1007: Project Progress Part 1008 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1009: Yesterday's Progress »

Today I have more pictures than I will post. Little by little everything is coming together and I keep going from one project to the next to the next as things are drying. But things are beginning to come together now and I am seeing the finish line on most of the new things that I am creating. I don’t want to overwhelm everyone, so I will only post pictures of two projects today.

The first project that I will show today will be the “Butterflies are Free” candle tray. I believe that I showed you the intricate base for this project, but not the butterflies themselves. The base consists of delicate vine work and was one of my favorite pieces to cut. While the skill level was a bit higher than the others, with a little time and patience, it is not difficult at all. (One cut at a time is my favorite motto!)

For this tray, I decided to have the butterflies perpendicular, as if they are flying around the base. In order to do this, I needed to create posts so that they would have some stability when glued on. For my sample, I used 1/16” dowel rods, but I think that for the instructions I may recommend either wire or a smaller diameter dowel (or even round toothpicks) as I don’t want them to be really obtrusive. But for the most part, they look OK. The trick with posting pieces such as this is that you need to drill prior to scroll sawing. Then, once the piece is cut and glued to the dowel or post, it is stronger than ever.

In any case, here is how it turned out:

I think it came out nice. Here is a pic without the candle in place:

I love how delicate the butterflies look!

Cutting like this is really fun!

This piece was done in ash, which made a beautiful background for it. I am going to tint these pieces with some color, although I will go very lightly on them. I don’t want them to look “painted” really, as I want the grain of the wood to show through. I was having a difficult time choosing the colors that I want to use, so I thought I would sleep on it and see what I came up with today. I certainly had enough other things to keep me busy!

The next try that I will show is what I call “A Pocket Full of Posies.” I believe I showed you the beautiful ribbon design previously, but I never showed the small five petal flowers for overlay.

This pretty ribbon border is super-easy to cut. While it looks elegant and flowing, the actual lines are rather thick and the piece is sturdy and would be something that someone with not too much experience could accomplish with little problem.

For this design, I chose to do lots of small overlay flowers:

I thought it really added to the piece a great deal and made it the perfect centerpiece for spring and summer. I am going to do a colored version of this tray too, but this time I have a pretty clear picture in my mind of what colors I plan to use. You will have to come back to see what I am thinking! ;)

I did a couple additional things, but I will save them for tomorrow. I really appreciate the nice comments and support you all have shown me on the other projects, and it makes me just want to do better.

Here it is Friday already and another week is coming to a close. While the sun is out here at the moment, they are calling for rain, sleet and another storm to move through our area in the next couple of days. It will be a good weekend to stay in and finish up these projects.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

“Nothing,’ wrote Tolstoy, ‘can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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BertFlores58

1646 posts in 1557 days


#1 posted 505 days ago

Like the flowers. Being small, the background still visible likewise the proportion matches. Clever arrangement using random position. Keep them going.
Have a productive day.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7596 posts in 1554 days


#2 posted 505 days ago

Thanks, Bert. It is sometimes difficult for me to do “random.” It frequently turns into “organized random” (like wallpaper!)

I hope you have a great evening. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 505 days ago

Beautiful work. Scrollers are the true artists of the woodworking world. I am really impressed, had to sit and stare at each one for a few moments to take in all the detail

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7596 posts in 1554 days


#4 posted 505 days ago

Thank you very much Kaleb. Sometimes I feel that we scrollers are looked on as “lightweights” in the woodworking field. We don’t build large things like furniture and cabinetry for the most part and some don’t regard scroll work as ‘real woodworking.’ I truly appreciate your comment. It means a great deal to me. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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jjw5858

1117 posts in 1237 days


#5 posted 505 days ago

I second that opinion of ”Scrollers are the true artists of the woodworking world” I have a ton of respect for these patterns. Amazing detail on these works.

Doing all hand tool work, and lately all of my spoons, I think until some people actually see it being made they think it’s sort of just art and crafts kid stuff…lol. Some people mistake small delicate work for not being as worthy…..then they try it and see different…lol.

These are awesome Sheila, I am so glad your link is on my site. Great work here for sure!

Take care and keep scrolling!!

Joe

http://www.spoonscarver.com/

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Roger

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#6 posted 505 days ago

Your scrolling is so refined… Everything you do is just awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 505 days ago

It is great that you can have so much fun making wonderful items that look so good. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 505 days ago

Sheila your on a roll
I can now understand why your head was soo full of ideas,
lots more fun than paperwork

Have a great day
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Celticscroller

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#9 posted 505 days ago

Good morning Sheila. I don’t know which of these is going to be my favorite! They are both beautiful and I love the fretwork involved. REALLY, REALLY looking forward to these patterns :)
After a beautiful sunny day yesterday we are back to cloudy and dull.
Enjoy your day

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 505 days ago

Thank you all! I am glad you like them! Perhaps I am on the right track with this kind of designing! More to come tomorrow!

Anna – we are the quiet before the storm here in Nova Scotia. Overcast and grey, but they say a winter storm is headed our way. But I am prepared for it! It looks like winter will have one more weekend of fun here!

Have a good one everyone! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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stefang

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#11 posted 505 days ago

Very nice patterns. I especially liked the first one. The vines and leaves are very nicely designed and cut.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jay Wells

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#12 posted 505 days ago

To get true random take a handful of the flowers and drop them on the base.

Might look good with some standing up on edge inside the design.

Beautiful work as always. You make me practice harder every day to reach my potential.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7596 posts in 1554 days


#13 posted 505 days ago

Thank you both! Jay – that sounds like an idea! Sometimes “random” is more difficult than organized! ;)

I am glad you like them!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 504 days ago

Sheila,

These designs are really special! You are incredibly creative and your attention to detail makes for perfection in the finished project.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7596 posts in 1554 days


#15 posted 504 days ago

Thank you L/W. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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