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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Question from Berta - UTS blocks
What a great question and I have a long answer for you.. First I have never been in a UTS RR for two reasons... not my favorite colors and there is always a sameness about them... It's like you are looking into an aquarium with the sand on the bottom and sea plants going up, a sunken treasure chest and a mermaid..
Since the water in the sea actually is in horizontal layers dictated by temperature and currents I see no reason for the seams to be vertical.. You can certainly add vertical needlework without regard for seams...in fact it adds more interest.
You didn't say if it were a traditional or DYB RR but either way if it were me I'd start doing some research and probably focus on one species or scene... Maybe a huge grouper peering out from a rock cave and watching his prey or a large school of jellyfish presents all sorts of possibilities with beads, ribbons etc. I think a whole block of multicolored jellyfish has exciting possibilities... Try to think of doing something different and I will be watching..
Now having said that I did have to do just one traditional UTS block in an RR in which I was angel... When the block arrived to me the obligatory treasure chest had already been added.. But I was thinking currents and looking down from above and wanted a circular motion... I began thinking "sea life on parade" and added the large beaded fish, the school of little fishes, the family of turtles and the dolphins on the wavy seam. (an of course the button)