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I am posting early today, because Sunday on telly is always pretty full on. And there’s not much time between the afternoon shows and the evening launch at 6 to chat! S for SCRAMBLE actually!!
So I am up with the lark, to tell you all about the ODS (One Day Special) at 6pm before heading off up to the studios.
Now you must have heard the name Josie Davidson. She is one of our very talented trad parchers on the Design team. I have always admired her spectacular gridwork – she seems to have an eye for those wonderful lace borders. Personally, I have always cooed and shaken my head in amazement, but to be frank, I haven’t known where to start. When Tina – another superstar in Grooviworld – brought out the grid pattern borders, I got a much better understanding of how it works, and even learned how to create little gridwork edges, but still those fantastic deep lace frames looked way too difficult for me!
A while ago, Josie and I had a talk about how we could simplify gridwork using drilled plates, to eliminate all the counting. She sent me some finished samples, with a view to creating a set of elaborate corner grids. Eight altogether. Beautiful patterns, designed by her good self. Great designs – great starting place. Now we had to figure out a way to combine all the perforating, whitework and cutting on the same plate.
So Jim at work, who has a head for this stuff like no other, locked into the designs and set to work. After countless discussions, meetings, forks in the design road, edits and hours of screenwork, the first 4 were created. We named them after queens, firstly because they needed to be easily identifiable, and secondly, because they look so incredibly regal!
But these plates are entirely different to anything we have done before. See here? Etched and drilled on the same plate. Absolutely blimming brilliant to use. Look!
“Jim”, I says,“can you design a really lovely royal looking font for the names?” “No problem”, says Jim, as always.
A day later….“Jim”, says I, “can you design a really lovely royal alphabet, lower and upper case, like the names, and make two borders?” “Yep, no probs”. Everybody needs a Jim in the Design Department!
THESE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO USE!!!!
And then, we asked our ever clever Groovi Parchment DT to rustle up a few examples, using our grids, so you can see what they look like when complete….
Tina CoxJane Telford
Maggie ByfordJosie DavidsonJosie DavidsonMaggie ByfordJane TelfordGail Sydenham
See what I mean? Looks insanely complex, but is actually really, really achievable with the new Queen’s Lace Duet Grids. Tune in tomorrow at 6pm, and let me walk you through them.
The lovely art nouveau Groovi plates are what we have chosen to frame for the samples.
Also very lovely.
So thank you, thank you to Josie for the designs and inspiration. And thank you to Jim for keeping going until the job was done, and the process worked. This is a game changer for many of us – I know it.
And the other 4? Well, every Queen needs a King, right? But let’s get to grips with the ladies first!
Love & Hugs,