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What's your jigsaw journey?

Guy Turner

What's your jigsaw journey?

Since we came up with EOG, Tasch and I have received a lot of feedback about how people do jigsaws, and what they look for in a good jigsaw.

We set out with a particular style in mind, with a balance between the two approaches to jigsawing - visual identification and shape perception.

Visual identification is the process of colour and image alignment, and is done in conjunction with the picture scroll in our instance, or the box for a standard jigsaw.

Shape perception is the analysis of the unique characteristics of the cut of the piece and is used when there are few visual differentiators between the areas of the image involved. For most people the jigsaw process is a sandwich of Shape + Visual / Visual / Shape, and looks a bit like the following...

Shape perception then Visual identification - Edges

For most, this is the starting point of the jigsaw. Edges are definable, and stage one is usually separating the edges from the other pieces and then assembling them. Building the frame for your jigsaw is then a combination of shape and visual. This stage is a favourite for've invested the time to conduct a good chunk of the piece sorting and you are finally joining up the pieces of your new jigsaw. Our name is based on this stage as Tasch loves the feel of piecing together the 'edges of glory'!

The Queen (The Heart of the Matter) is a little more difficult for the edging due to the amount of textured blue, but the QH at the top left and bottom right helps out.

Visual identification -images and patterns

These are the parts where the colour blocks are clearly defined and/of there are identifiable or unique patterns. Commonly this is the point where people begin their sorting process; some use ziplock bags, others different parts of a large table...for me, I use a assortment of tupperware :)

This stage is usually a rollicking journey of discovery, with plenty of action and use of the whole frame. Our jigsaws have plenty of unique landmarks such as the artist's signature (the wonderful Kelly Jade King).

Shape Perception -  The end game!

So you think you are just about there...but unless you were super disciplined like this person...

It's likely you have been putting off the 'tricky' bits...those with block colours and fewer distinguishable landmarks.

That's ok...most of us do it's here that your organisational skills are going to come in to play.  Most jigsaws have 7 types of cuts, so grouping like pieces together helps when you are placing by shape and size. 

(quick shoutout to Gage road beer - fuelling this jigsaw session!)

With this method, if I find a piece which is 'almost, not quite, maybe if I force it' fitting, then I can use it to find it's twin in the line, who may be more suitable. Tasch refers to the cutout as a 'hug', so will often be looking for a big hug, flat hug or tiny hug...likewise with knobs :)

Hang in there...going gets slower...but you are so very, very close...and the less unplaced pieces you have, the easier the remainder are to place, and the last stretch is all downhill on rollerskates...


(5 min later) voila...your very own Moose (or Queen!)

So...that's my jigsaw journey. Is it yours? Let us know how you do your jigsaws, we love diversity!

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