Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 12

3.2 built on 3.1 combining strip weaving with hand stitch. Using the samples from 3.1 our challenge was to embellish these using the various techniques we’ve learnt so far – mixing in the needle, back stitch, running stitch, varying spacing, different threads, etc. I found it easier stitching on the plain fabric sample I had made, the patterned one was a challenge.  I think part … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 12

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 11

So 3:1 focuses on strip weaving which is pretty much exactly as it sounds – creating texture and pattern by weaving strips of fabric.  The inspiration examples are a great help and give indication of how this technique can be used in pieces and linking it back to painting and drawing it also feels like a useful way to get over the fear of the … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 11

Texture and pattern

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 10

I was a bit slower starting module 3.  The new modules generally go live on a Sunday afternoon so usually I complete the first over the weekend but for this one I was still playing around with the couching technique and also realised I hadn’t looked through the student sample inspiration booklet that comes as part of each module so I thought I’d pace myself … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 10

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 9

The final part in the second module is something called couching or laid thread work.   I recognised the visual effect from various textile artists work that I’ve seen in exhibitions. It’s a technique where you place threads, wool or other materials across the surface of the fabric then over stitch to hold in place and is used to create raised textural surfaces.  It is quite … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 9

Mock herringbone

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 8

I was hoping 2:3 would continue on from the drawing with back stitch but instead we’re back to learning basic stitches – this time one called mock herringbone and we’re back to a grid challenge. The stitch is designed to look like a woven tweed fabric and is apparently perfect for creating areas of pattern and texture.  Basically you stitch columns of slanted stitches then … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 8

back stitch as a drawing medium

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 7

Module 2:2 and something completely different.  In today’s creative challenge there aren’t any grids as we get to start using back stitch as a drawing medium. The challenge was to create a line drawing using back stitch.  You start with a sketch or a photograph and trace it onto tissue paper, then you pin the tissue to a piece of fabric and stitch the lines. … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 7

backstitch

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 6

So have started module 2 of the course which kicks off with a different stitch – backstitch.  The introductory video and accompanying workbook outlines the plan for the session which is all about discovering: How to use back stitch to create a simple pattern How using back stitch is a great way of building texture And starting to look at using back stitch as a … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 6