Another Embroidery Project

For my second embroidery project I wanted to try creating a textile image of an architectural structure.  I may have been a bit over ambitious for my first but I had a go at creating a representation of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. I started with a line drawing which I then traced on tissue paper.  Because I wanted to create a collage type effect … Continue reading Another Embroidery Project

An Embroidery Project – No.1

Building on the techniques I learned on the recent course I completed I thought I’d start experimenting with some freer form creative challenges. The first I wanted to try was creating an abstract image with a strong cohesive feel.  To get the cohesion I selected fabric samples of similar colours and tonal values which I extending into the selection of threads using only variations of … Continue reading An Embroidery Project – No.1

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 16

So final bit of the main course completed.  Module 4.3 was all about exploring patterns.  The video outlined the main objectives which were to focused on learning…. How to create various patterns with hand stitch appliqué How to make a mosaic inspired sample using irregular fabric shapes How to use repeated shapes to build patterns How to build layers of interest into your appliqué patterns … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 16

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 15

I completed 4.2 today.  This part of the training was about exploring hand stitched applique to enhance stitched line drawings and I think probably my favourite challenge to-date. The challenge for this section of the course was to look back at the hand stitched drawing that we did in 2.2 and use applique and stitch to embellish the image.   You start by taking the … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 15

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 14

So today I started the final module of the course which is focused on hand stitched applique.  I’ve tried applique a few times both hand and machine with mixed results so was looking forward to learning a few tips and techniques and part 1 certainly didn’t let me down.  It seems that the puckering I’ve experienced in the past was down to my order of … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 14

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 13

3.3 the last part in this module focused on needle weaving, which is pretty much exactly as it sounds, similar to strip weaving you following the same techniques of warp and weave but this time you use thread rather than material to create texture and pattern.   The challenge was to create a six box grid making each area distinctive. It is a bit of … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 13

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