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Halloween Circle



Up until now I've been writing about my designs chronologically.  I'm going out of sequence now because this is a good time for a Halloween design.

This was based upon my "Circle of Seasons" which I'll write about soon.  It has a snowflake in the center, then spring green leaves, flowers and along the outside fall leaves.  As I was working on it, my mind wandered on to other possible circles, the Halloween Circle being one of them.  I changed the outer fall leaves and decided to fill the center with Halloweeny designs.  The bats and the pumpking came quickly.  I even tried a bigger pumpkin in the center.  But I abandoned that when I came up with the spider idea.  4 small spiders are way too many spiders for me.  So the pumpkins became smaller and went in the inner circle.  I love the pattern the vine makes as they curl around.

The spider was a challenge.  All my initial sketches either looked dorky or too cutesy for this design.  There's nothing wrong with a cutesly spider, but I didn't want one here.  (That sounds like a challenge to me - maybe I'll have to come up with a good cutesly spider now)  I design best from observation but I draw the line at going into the yard and looking for good spider specimens (If I still lived in Arizona it would be easy).  So, I did the next best thing and went to the library for an insect and spider identification guide.  The spider is still totally made up.  But I used the (really creepy) spider pictures in the guide to gauge body and leg length and proportions.  I think the plan worked rather well because if I catch that spider in the corner of my eye I have to repress the urge to smack it.  (Absolutley no spiders where harmed during the design and stitching of this pattern)

I've designed many versions of a "Chrismtas Circle" and a "Winter Circle" but haven't hit upon the magic combination where it "works" yet.  Stay tuned, I'll have more circles eventually.

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