The past few weeks, I have really lived up to my name "Scrollgirl". It seems I have spent more time than ever at the scroll saw. But that is a good thing, right? It goes to show me that it may very well be possible to be able to design both woodworking and painting patterns and keep things in balance.
It helps tremendously having a partner like Keith. He is so talented and when I meander over to the painting side of things for a while, he is always busy keeping our scrolling followers happy by creating new designs. Between the two of us we have the bases covered fairly well. Below is another new pattern that he will be offering at our next update:
I have been trying to alternate between scrolling and painting designs. But sometimes there is a bit of overlap between the two. Because we share the scroll saw here for the most part (unless we are putting out a big wholesale order, when in that case we bring up our second saw from the basement) we kind of take turns as to who gets to cut.
I drew up a new set of scroll sawn ornaments this week. I wanted something different, that would be somewhat simple, but elegant. I also wanted something that would look nice and make a nice impression on the tree.
Lately I have truly enjoyed creating Damask style designs. Their flowing lines and pretty shapes seem to go hand in hand with scroll sawing. They also are popular in the 'shabby chic' style of decorating, which can be used in so many styles of decorating. My thoughts were to take this style of ornamentation and make – well – ornaments – out of the central motifs. To make them even better, I decided to make them dimensional, so at first glance they look somewhat like snowflakes, but like 'fluffy' balls of snow.
They were so much fun to cut! I also decided to create them with NO inside cuts at all! They are fun and easy and will be a great project for even those who are newer to scroll sawing, as the designs themselves are very forgiving.
After a full day of cutting, here is what I wound up with:
A table full of fun and 'fluffy' wood ornaments.
As always – I have some wonderful ideas for finishing them. I am going to play with that in the next coupld of days.
I also haven't forgotten about my Painting With Friends Christmas Pull Toy pieces. I plan on finishing up those in the next few days as well.
It will certainly be a busy time, but an exciting one as well! :)
I hope you all have a great Saturday. We have a calm and beautiful autumn day coming it seems. The leaves are just about at peak and it is difficult not to just take off for a drive. (Who knows . . . maybe I can get Keith to play 'hooky' with me! After all – Winter is coming!)
Happy Saturday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"