Thanks for popping in. It’s Tina Cox Celebration Weekend, so how about taking a little look behind the scenes. It was Tina who first came up with the idea of our Perforated Pattern Grids. She gave us some pretty inspirational guideline books to go with the first two Border pattern grids, too. In case you’re not familiar with them, let me elucidate.
The first thing to know is that there are 2 books for the Straight Grid No 1. Beginner and Advanced,
STRAIGHT BORDER PATTERN No. 1
and 2 books for the Diagonal Grid No. 1, Beginner and Advanced,
Psst! All 4 books and both of these pattern grids are in the sale this weekend! I would recommend you get the matching plain Border grids too. The straight and the diagonal BORDERS. It makes lining up a piece of cake.
But let me tell you just how much work went into those little books. You cannot even begin to imagine….See these pattern samplers below? They are what Tina presented us with, to give us a taste of the possible patterns you can create with the Straight and Diagonal Border plates. They are the key in the books…
You have to have them laid out in front of you on the table to really grasp the work, the hours and hours and hours of thinking and perfecting.
I remember, it took us a while to work out, that each sampler, like the one below, pertained to just one pattern on the border. In other words, one line, one row of holes, yielded these possibilities. And many more, according to Tina!
Then of course, she – being Tina – also gave us not one but THREE beautiful art samples, of EACH border pattern, to show them in action. Fantastic.
The samples in the first books, the beginner books, have no cutting; Tina introduces picot cutting into the second book, bearing in mind you are using the same patterns, or should I say the same grids!
These are the perfect way to ease yourself into gridwork and pattern work. Simple straight patterns, with loads of possibilities. And the books are the ideal companion to work through, and increase your skill level gradually.
Tina has actually designed another pair of these border plates. They are on the website and we already have the amazing samplers, as above. I know after the fourth book, she was ready for a break, because there was so much work involved. I will have a chat with her tomorrow. Perhaps, instead of full blown books again, which will tie her up for months, perhaps we should just print a deluxe concertina booklet of the samplers. I’ll talk to Tina …. Last thing I want to do is coax her out of the cave, and then slam her with a thousand hours of book sample work! She’ll retreat faster than a greyhound at Crayford!
Point of this blog? To shed some light on Tina’s books and what they relate to. Then show you how much thought, work and energy went into these little ii-books. Ideas and Inspiration. Fantastic.
Get them while they’re in the sale this weekend. Brilliant learning tools. I wonder if I could talk Tina into doing some Youtubes with these…I do recall her shaking her head and singing no no no no no last time I broached the subject… Perhaps if I laid out bowls of popcorn and sweets ?
Looking forward to spending the day with the lady herself tomorrow. It’s been a while.
Love & Hugs,