Texture and pattern

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 3

The second section in module one introduces the idea of mixing threads in the needle.  I didn’t realise this so played with this a bit in my third sample in the previous post but the challenge in this section is that you’re asked to play around with tone (light and dark); complimentary colours (those that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel), texture and then tone and texture.  Still using only horizontal stitching and using spacing and stitch size to make each section distinctive.

Mixing thread in the needle and using spacing and stitch for distinction
Mixing thread in the needle and using spacing and stitch for distinction

I have to say I thought this was a weaker part than the previous one so I only completed one sampler but it was interesting to see the impact of mixing complimentary colours (they neutralise each other) versus playing them side by side where they heighten the contracts and it was useful to understand the impact tension plays when working with very different threads – the square where I used wool and metallic thread was a nightmare to sew.  I’m also struggling with more abstract patterns as you’ll see in the fourth square – I need to get more comfortable with creating samples that don’t have an obvious pattern of symmetry

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