Christine here. I have told you before in my comments about my marriage that my husband and I have an “Oscar and Felix” approach to household cleaning and life in general. I am Oscar, and he is most definitely a Felix.
In John’s realm of the house, the folded T-shirts in his dresser are all the same size and neatly stacked. The items on top of his dresser are the same every day and are returned to the same location. He makes the bed every single day. His desk is laid out and logical.
The same is true for his virtual “desk top” on his laptop computer. He has a background of his dog Cindy from when he was a kid – a springer spaniel – and there are a couple of folders on his desktop, and nothing else. All points of interest are accessed by clicking on items found in the folders. It may take him about 6 sub-folder clicks to get to, but everything is there in logical trees of information.
He looks with disapproval on my own laptop screen. I have a million photos. They overlap. Sometimes I have to search for them, moving other photos that have gotten stacked on top, until I finally find the one that I want. I admit that sometimes I have to search for awhile, but I can usually locate the images that I want, after the requisite amount of muttering and resolutions to get things maybe just a little more organized. I also have a couple of photo folders of stuff to look at, labelled “cool photos” and “more cool photos,” which are places to put photos when the search becomes impossible.
But a messy desktop is just part of my creative process, I defend myself. I kind of… mostly… know where things are, and they are a source of inspiration for me. I need all the photos there on the desktop.
I thought I would take a few of the photos on my laptop, and share with you why I like looking at them, and why they have their place on the desktop as a source of inspiration.
Take the photo left, for example. Simple Christmas tree ornaments woven from palm fronds, I think. But I look at this image, and I think about green wools and multistrand braiding. Some Christmas, I’m going to figure this out.
Okay what about this photo? I think it’s from Wayfair, or one of those shopping places that annoyingly pops up when you’re looking at a website. Anyway, isn’t this the coolest rug you’ve ever seen? I want to make it out of braids.
Ok, what about this one? It looks like a drawing, but I’m not sure that it is. The original link is gone, but “hooked rug” is in the title. It looks like it’s hooked in the center, and the border, but there are some of the surrounding outline-stripes that look braided. Wouldn’t this be a cool braided rug?
The image right is labelled “green painting” and its link is: www.tokiarts.co.nz. Look at the lighter-colored spiral. Doesn’t it look like a “lined triangle” multistrand pattern? I want to make a two-braid spiral, with one of my braids a multistrand like this, enlarging by two strands every row to maintain the lined triangle pattern. The other, greener braid I might keep a plain single color for contrast.
What about this? This is a sand painting mandala in progress; it is being made by Buddhist monks. Aren’t the colors amazing? And the design — if simplified — is completely doable in braids. Wouldn’t you just love to have a braided Buddhist mandala?
OK, you have to know where I’m going with this by now. See the path of this lace? What if you could have a braid that travelled this path? Maybe not with as many wedge-shaped segments as this one has, but still, wouldn’t this be a really cool round rug? You’d have to figure out whether you could simply lace all those curves in or, more likely, have to put in sets of double corners to get the braid to curve sharply back and forth. You’d have to lace the curves to the struts on either side. You could make each wedge-shaped section a different color…. and best yet, only one butt!
Left is a weaving pattern that I found googling around. It reminds me of my green-and-black maze rug that I made several years ago, but it repeats the smaller units to make a larger pattern. I love geometric designs.
More interesting geometrics. Follow the path of one of the center black stripes and see where it comes from and where it goes. We don’t often think about starting a braid on the side of a rug.
And what about the beading pattern, left? Somehow, someone’s got to make this in braids. Isn’t that the most interesting thing you’ve seen in awhile? And only double corners: none of the fussing with alternating triples.
So now you see why my laptop is such a mess, right?