this is the B I made for Brenda. Don't know why? See previous blog post
I turned it into a challenge to come up with a style of B I hadn't made before. I wanted the bottom portion to have an extra loopy bit at the top. Makes the background of the top part a really cool backwards comma. Anyway, I was planning on curving the bottom part all the way around but forgot to do it the first time I added the left side.
Yes, I actually used a seam ripper and took the left back off. It was perfectly fine, but I wanted that "See Dick and Jane play" to be centered, not cut off. So I liked how the letter looked with the bottom flat on the left side so I didn't add a triangle when I had the chance. I was thinking of adding some extra serifs to the left side but it all got too busy.
I hope the Dick and Jane fabric has some meaning for you, Brenda. In the States those were the readers that so many of us started our schooling with. I definitely remember them and that would be the late 60s early 70s. I know the readers aren't used anymore but have no idea when they were dropped. Or if they were ever used in Canada.
I wasn't sure if that particular text fabric would be too chaotic to use in this multi-pieced letter, but it works for me anyway. I think because of the larger size of letter--it finishes 6" high and I usually work about half that size--and the really good contrast with the black background (which does have text, but it's subtle).
So make a B for Brenda if you're a fan of her blog (or just because) and try making it in a new-to-you way. Or for the first time ever... Good luck!