Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Texture, Texture and more Texture !!!!!

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Busy Bees Patchwork
City and Guilds Hand and Machine Embroidery
7161
Tutor - Beccy Paget

There is nothing quite like Wednesday morning and the chatter among the ladies as they show and tell their embroideries. It is great fun to see pieces of work grow and come together. 

The hardest part of an embroidery is the beginning, we are optimistic at first but then doubt sets in, are you doing the right thing, have you chosen the best colours, the right fabrics? You begin with the first stitches and even they feel like you have never picked up a needle before in your life but stitch after stitch soon you find a rhythm and your away. Ideas flow through your mind I could do this and I could do that, what thread shall I use next? I wonder what a bead would look like there and so on. It becomes part of you and your thoughts sometimes you even dream about it, I wonder what compels us to sew the pleasure and the pain when doubt sets in and we can't quite see the woods from the trees. 
There is one thing for sure, every creator feels and thinks exactly the same way, we have the best days and the worst days where nothing seems to flow, the ideas have stopped and you think you will never hoop up another piece of work again, but gladly that doesn't last long because deep down it's part of you and you have to create and soon your mojo returns and it's back on track for the next work of art. When a block of creativity comes you have to work through it, try to empty your mind and just accept the fact that not always do things go the way we want them to. Try another approach or maybe new colours or fabrics but most of all don't give up go back to the piece of work with fresh eyes, hang it up for a while, look at it from different angles and if you really don't like it then take it apart and just start again.
New beginnings are always difficult, apprehension and doubt can be dispelled by picking up a pencil and doodling, going back to basics as level 1's have been doing for the past couple of weeks.


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Drying on the floor, some of the mark making project using all sorts of items to make marks using acrylic paint. 

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Experimenting with unusual printing objects, tops of boxes, bottoms of bottles, scraping with forks and old tooth brushes can make shapes and marks that are not managed and the outcome will be a complete surprise. It's like finding shapes in the clouds or the smoke in the fire, it teaches us to look further and beyond and when black and white is used on the opposite background the shapes are clear and crisp which makes the shapes in the background stand out. Positive and negative shapes can be so satisfying and when you don't have to try too hard to get a fantastic result.

  


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I asked the level 2 ladies to put faith into themselves and their power of observation and try sketching with thread and needle instead of pencil and paper, quite a task when we are so used to marking out the fabric first before we sew.  I think they surprised themselves!

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old habits die hard :) beautiful long and short stitch!

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Mel had already had some practice at this, with a wonderful portrait.


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Using thread and needle to draw takes a great deal of skill, it's not so easy to rub out mistakes for one thing. Well done to all you did a magnificent job!!! 

last weeks little test was to help the ladies to learn to look before they made each stitch, to plan where to place the mark without marking prior to sewing. Marking areas is not always appropriate or easy to do. Some fabrics such as velvets or rough fabrics are notoriously difficult to mark and so sometimes you need to jump in at the deep end and just go for it, heck! you can unpick it (ARGGHHHH)
So was set the following challenge, of filling an area with threads of different weights and sizes to achieve a textured surface.



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Making little samples like this tests you to think about how to use simple stitches in a less traditional way.  It is great fun seeing how you can manipulate the different threads and pile them on top of each other, twist them, weave them in and out and go hither and thither. Try it out and see what you can come up with.

In today's class we have been trapping, making textures through placing all sorts of things between layers of fabrics and stitching them down with plenty of textured stitches.


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Next week we will see how these have grown, it's like planting a seed and waiting for the flowers to bloom!!

Best stitches
Beccy