Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photoless Friday (28): What else? More Owen Jones!

Hi, there! It's photoless Friday, again, already! Yup! More great design advice from Owen Jones!

PROPOSITION 28: [color, cont.] Colours should never be allowed to impinge upon each other.

What do you think he meant by that?

When we're done contemplating his design advice, we'll examine it, and try out some examples.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Milan Monday (43): a lovely lady in a 1930s mosaic

In honor of women's fashion week in Milan, here's a lovely lady in a 1930s mosaic for the 43rd Milan Monday.

If you want to know more about the image and the photo, see my other blog, My Milan (Italy):

I captured my photograph, imported it into StitchPainter, then turned it into a BMP to share with you for your personal non-commercial stitching pleasure.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Photoless Friday (27): back to good ol' Owen Jones and his great design advice

More great design advice from Owen Jones...and the proposition numbers are back in sync with the Photoless Friday numbers...a small silly tidy thrill:

PROPOSITION 27: [color, cont.] Black grounds suffer when opposed to colours which give a luminous complementary.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Milan Monday (42): the Sforza crest, have buckets will travel

Like family crests? Here's a good one for you straight from the Sforza Castle for Milan Monday.

This diagram, for your personal non-commercial enjoyment, was created by uploading one of my own photos into StitchPainter, then transforming the diagram into a BMP to share with you, here. If the whole thing is too complex, think about working up one of the quarters of the crest, instead.

If you want to know more about the crest and the castle, go to my blog on Milan: My Milan (Italy):


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Halloween and Fall...whichever floats your boat

Fall is right around the corner...this afternoon, in fact. Wishful thinking, maybe, because it's been soooo very hot and humid this summer, but we're getting a bit of relief, whether it's a late summer storm, or an early fall one, it doesn't matter. It did, however, put me in the mood for falltime designs, so you can get started for Halloween and the season...More......

For those of you, who don't like anything to do with Halloween (for whatever your reason), this design is easily transformed into something generic for fall: just don't do the jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkin.

As usual, I'm happy to credit the source of the image that I captured, uploaded into StitchPainter, then turned into a BMP to share with you. It's the clipart image MC900250122 from the free Microsoft clipart pages for your personal, non-commercial stitching.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Photoless Friday (26) and StitchPainter: a break from Owen Jones (whew!)

Maybe you'd like a bit of a break from all that wonderful design advice coming from Owen Jones' "Grammar of Ornament," so I thought I'd give you two hints about other sources for help and inspiration that are related to the StitchPainter program I use....More......

The company, which--for you sewers--also makes GarmentDesigner, is called "Cochenille Design Studio," and it has a web site, a blog and a discussion group.

Web site:

Blog: (Very kindly, they have included my "Ars acupicturae stellae" tweets in their tweet box.)

Discussion group (in Yahoo Groups): DesignerSchool. I'd particularly like to encourage all of you doing hand-done cross-stitch and needlepoint to buy their marvelous program, and join in the discussion because--remembering that I get no kick-backs of any kind for any mention of any products--I'm almost the only StitchPainter person in that group, and I'm lonely! Everyone talks about GarmentDesigner (and it makes me want to take up sewing, again), but I'd like a little needlepoint company!

Hope to be seeing you, soon, in the discussion group!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Milan Monday (41): the city's logo

Can't get the copy-paste function to work in my Paint program...necessary to get stuff into my StitchPainter program...just one of the many little SNAFUs lying in wait for me after a couple of days of much needed R&R...this way, they can get me all stressed back up to normal before I pelt into the rest of the work year, it's like a favor they're doing for me, get it? (I don't.)

So, today's "Milan Monday" will just have to go without a diagram. The image should be easy enough to print and trace, anyway. City logos often have a city-wall-crown over them; you can substitute Milan's theme on the shield with anything of your own.

My Milan (Italy):

Here's hoping that your fall starts out better than mine is!
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