Continue reading to see my finished logo and how I made it...
Concept and Ideas
I already knew that I wanted to use a similar colour scheme to my website, but how I wanted my logo to look is a completely different story. I played around with several ideas before I came up with the idea to crochet my logo. Some of the ideas included making some sort of treasure chest that said Rebeckah's Treasures, or RT, or something to that affect. However, I am not really that great of a drawer, or with painting on computer tools, so I would have needed to get someone else to do that for me.
Then I got to thinking that since I crochet, it would be fitting for me to crochet my logo. Now I need to figure out how I wanted to go about it. I knew that I was going to use tapestry crochet in one form or another, but did I want to make a flat square, or did I want to make a 3-D treasure chest of some sort? I finally settled on making a flat square as it would suit my needs the best.
My First Attempt
At first I started with a dark brown, a light brown, a off white and plum. I got several rows into it, and I decided to take a picture.
As you can see in the picture to the right, the light brown looks orange. Although it is really pretty, it totally clashes with my theme and my personality.
Cutting it is much easier than frogging it. So I cut it off at that point and started all over.
Starting from the beginning again, this time with the same colours, except I switched the lighter, orangy looking brown for a lavender colour instead.
To the left you will see I took another WIP photo of how it was coming along.
So far so good.
I shared this next WIP picture to the right with my facebook page fans.
My fans, Jo, Holly, and Diane were so kind to point out to me that I was missing an "r" after the "T". I am ever so grateful that they did!
Can you imagine if I hadn't been sharing these updates with them... I would have continued crocheting without noticing it. Which would have left me with even more work to undo...
Unlike the first time, where I just cut it off and started over, I didn't want to start over again. So I just frogged the 14 rows I had done to get back to the row where I started the letters.
This left me with a bit of a dilemma because as you can see from the picture to the right, in 3 of the 4 colours as I am pulling the yarn from the center. With the plum colour I just had to wind it up again, however, the dilemma was how to keep the other strands of yarn from getting tangled up together...
I got to thinking I need one of those really cool yarn dividers like this one. Unfortunately, I don't have one, nor do I have the time to get one...
So,I made a makeshift one as you can see from both photos to the right. It is not pretty, but it is completely functional.
All I did was cut 4 slots into the box, put the yarn into the box, closed the box, and voila! It was ready for me to continue crocheting...
Finishing the Base
After about 10 days since I started, I was finally finished the base of my logo!
I had a feeling from the beginning that the letters were going to be hard to see. In order for the letters to have been visible without doing anything else, I would have had to make the whole thing much larger. That would have taken more time then I was willing to spend crocheting my logo. So, I needed to come up with a way to pop the letters out...
Popping Out the Letters
Trying to figure out a way to get the letters to pop was by far the most challenging thing I faced creating my logo. I looked to my fans for advice, and suggestions; all of them gave me some really great ideas. However, it was my hubby that gave me the idea to crochet over the letters like you see to the right.
I also went ahead and crocheted an edging to give it a finished look. Then, I took the picture to the right. The letters still weren't popping...
I went everywhere I could to get as many opinions as possible... I tried many things. I tried sewing around the boarder of the letters with a lighter colour, and changing the colour of the letters to a lighter colour, but both of those times it just got worse. I even tried just editing the letters on a paint program so they were no longer crocheted like you see to the right.
Nothing was working, and I was starting to get really discouraged! Until...
I did a few testers around the letters with the same off white and lavender that is in the background and also with a tan colour. I immediately discarded the lavender, but I really liked both the white and tan.
So, I asked for others opinions using the photo to the left. Most said to go with white, and a few said that the tan would be better. Then I decided to take a look at the photo on a smaller scale, as it would be small most of the time.
Turns out that my hubby was right about that bit too! From the beginning he had told me that I need to highlight the letters with a white colour. I am really amazed by his insights into the designing of my logo, and I am so happy to have his support.
Now that I knew which colour I needed to use to highlight the letters, I got busy slip stitching around all of them. It was late at night by the time I got most of 'Treasures' highlighted, so I let it rest while I got some much needed rest. The next morning I finished highlighting it.
The picture to the right is what my logo looked like on the back after I had finished highlight all the letters. Oh the joys of crochet!
Before you start to think that it must have been a nightmare to deal with all those strings, let me assure you that it was the most simple thing to do, and it did not take much time or effort. All I did was tuck the strings under the letters. Then, I just snipped off the excess.
This other picture to the right shows you the back view of my logo completed. I really like how it looks from the back too!
Making it Square
Finally, before I could take the official photo, I needed it to be perfectly square.
To accomplish that, it needed to be blocked. I started by pinning it to a board, covering it with a cotton pillow case, spraying it, then finally, ironing it. After that, it needed to be left alone for a while to dry and take its new form.
You will see it learning its new form to the left.
My Finished Logo!
Do you think it suits Rebeckah's Treasures? Leave me a comment below...