I use a lot of ‘gut instinct’ when I’m hooking. When something doesn’t ‘feel’ right….I spend time trying to figure out what’s wrong, and how best to fix it.
Sometimes it’s more than a one step process. I knew the direction and size of the flame motives at the bottom were wrong, so I took them out. After several days of pondering, I redrew one of them….….again I wasn’t pleased and decided to just use half of it. Then I was faced with how to hook the base of the flame motive and have it work with what was already there.….finally….this afternoon it came to me!!!
The problem is that I was hooking from the middle out….and I should be working (or at least thinking) from the outside in. This section is in the way and it’s pushing the flames out of alignment. I need to hook all the ‘flames’ and then fit other details in later.
Immediately my ‘gut feeling’ told me AHA…that’s right. So although I’m about to take out a full day’s work, I’m really happy to have solved yet another little glitch in the creative process.I now have a clear way forward for the bottom section….finally.
Now that I’ve figured it out, it seems so obvious. What took me so long?
I ‘ve finally hooked two border rows around the outside. It’s nice to finally see the perimeter.
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