I decided I wanted to draw more things-at-the-ends-of-branches and got these:
I suspected that the lines didn't need to be straight and drew:
I remembered that I previously had put this last design in the meandering category of quilting designs, feeling uncomfortable about it because it is clearly not a meander. Now that I got to know its cousins I can see it for what it is: a branching pattern!
Branching patterns are easy to create step by step.
Make a stem line. Put whatever you want at the end of it. Now backtrack along that stem line and branch a new stem off in another direction. Make a new stem or two off of that stem, and keep building new stems off old stems, again and again. If you start feeling crowded, make a really long branch to get you out in the open again.
It's so easy to go whichever direction you want. Travel along lines you've already stitched to get to the point you start your next branch.
I really like the botanical feel of these branching designs. I think they would make lovely border designs. The teardrop one feels flowing and gentle, I'd like to try that as an all over design. I nominate branching patterns as the thing you should doodle while on the phone with your bank this week.
More branching designs here and here.
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