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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

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 5

The final module in section one of the course was designed to bring all of the previous learnings together so the creative challenge was to explore all the variable of running stitch – stitch length, spacing between stitches, spacing between rows, direction of stitch, texture of threads, tonal values of the colours, mixing in the needle and colour.   I have to say I found … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 5

Four stiitch

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 4

Having created 4 samples only using horizontal stitches it was great to see that module 1:3 starts to explore stitch direction. In this section you had to create a 9 box grid and unlike the previous challenges where the objective was to make each section distinctive in this one you were asked to create a grid where the sections work in harmony. Module 1 part … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 4

Module 1 part 1 of Exploring texture and pattern course

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 2

So I watched the welcome video last night and following the instructions for the grid system marked out some samples ready for the practical challenge and then started module one which is all about the versatility of running stitch. Have to say I was a bit perplexed as to how they were going to get 4 different sub modules out of such a basic stitch … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 2

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Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock‘s movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 – 60 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as well as some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most memorable title sequences such as North By … Continue reading Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Texture and pattern

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 1

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 1 In February I started an online craft course called Exploring Texture and Pattern with Sue Stone. I saw Sue’s work at the Festival of Quilts last year and it was the first time I really appreciated textile art as art.  If you want to see some of her work check out – http://womanwithafish.com/.  Sue studied under probably one of … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 1

Happy Batman Day

Why is May 1st Batman Day? General consensus is that May 1st 1939 was the date the Dark Knight made his debut, in Detective Comics ~27. Whichever version of Batman is your favourite- Adam West’s ‘60’stv series, Tim Burton’s Michael Keaton era, Chris Nolan’s ‘realistic’ Dark Knight trilogy, or Zak Snyder’s…well, let’s not get silly now: but whichever version you prefer, Batman throughout the ages … Continue reading Happy Batman Day