Saturday, September 26, 2009
Curiouser and Curiouser
Ive been driving myself nuts on a new pattern. I have always loved Alice and the artists that portray her. I just now finally have found the time to take it on. I based this piece off of the original illustration by Tenniel (1866).
The difficult part was figuring out how to convert the original illustration into a simplified pattern. I made several passes over the drawing, taking out information here and there until it was mostly shape instead of line.
What is different about this punch needle is that I used the color of the weavers cloth as part of the image. I like the look of the cloth but just in case i am doing another version with a neutral colored background punched in. This is also the largest design i have made 6 1/3 x 4/1/2 inches, big by punchneedle standards. The pattern should eb up and ready for sale on ETSY in the next few weeks!
I think the story of Alice is one that will endure and be loved by many more generations. Many of my favorite illustrators have contributed to the subject including Arthur Rackham and Mary Blair. Now that the new movie is coming out this year i am excited to see how Alice will be portrayed in live action.