Thursday, 22 November 2018

Ship Shape and City and Guilds Fashion for level 2 - Colour theory for Level 1.

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

I am not normally a naughty person but I have been a bit remiss with my blogging this year! Seeing as I no longer have any one to slap my legs for not doing what I should be doing i'll have to chastise myself and give myself a good talking to. But, you know sometimes it's difficult to keep on top of everything and I don't mind saying that I fail now and again to keep abreast of the written side of my daily work, it's never been my forte!! I love creating with needle. machine and thread rather than words and so, that's what I've been up to! I've been doing some sampling for next year's classes and for this year, and with all the best will in the world I am not a magician as much as I would like to be.

Personally I have also been feeling a bit that I have lost my mojo, which I think every artist understands. Ideas don't come so freely and if they do they don't translate as you might like them to. You spend hours trialing a design and wish you hadn't started. I don't mind admitting to feeling this way as I know my mojo will return and usually the best way is to have a break from it all and come back to it with fresh eyes. I also find getting out my paints and my favourite wooden box of  Derwent Inktense water colour pencils that my husband bought me for Christmas the year before last, a lovely water colour pad, some inspirational music and just doodling, nothing serious sometimes just scribbling on the page and colouring in the shapes. It opens up your mind and allows you to think freely with out a specific design in mind, sometimes these little doodles can bring great ideas!
I also had a little boost to my confidence the other day from a student on one of my other classes,
she told me I was Genius for working out a pattern for a pocket on her children's fleece top. Not one to blow my own trumpet, but what seemed perfectly straight forward to me, to her seemed amazing and she was so genuine in her praise, I actually believed her compliment which boosted my mood no end. We all get those days and sometimes all it takes is for someone to appreciate what you have done and tell you so, that makes you feel a whole lot better. Instead of letting low moods set in we should listen more to the compliments we are given and believe in them rather than allow bad thoughts to get us down.

 Feeling a whole lot better now and when I look at what the ladies are producing every week it's so inspirational!! We have started to play with the concept of shape as you saw in my last blog a couple of weeks ago. Here are few photos of what they have come with.


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Wowee, all these designs from a circle, you really need to have a go!

1.  Start by cutting some circles out of card, all the same size at first.
2. Draw around the circle and then lay another one on top half way across and draw around.
3. Fold one of the circles in half and draw around that, draw a mirror image.
4. Cut the circle into quarters, draw around them, move them and draw again.

Think of as many ways as you can to manipulate the design and make sure you have the day free, because when you start the ideas can flow so quickly. Keep your designs in a sketch book and colour them in, make collages from old magazines. Truly all designs, shapes are the beginning of some exciting projects, grouping the shapes together makes even more, it's never ending but such good fun.

This week they have been given a task of using one shape and taking it on to an embroidery, using a raised technique similar to that used in gold work, but on a larger scale.  Raising the shape gives the piece of work more form and dimension. I have also asked them to use Kantha stitching to accentuate their chosen shape. Kantha stitching has it's origins in Indian embroidery, rows of straight stitching that contour a shape.

This is a piece I have been working on, the shapes were cut from a fabric which I have painted and printed. I have raised them from the back and placed them onto a background fabric. Over the top i have laid strips of organza and finally a whole piece of organza over the top. I have then use a matching silk thread to stitch the Kantha work. When it's finished I hope to make the panel into an evening bag.





I am very much looking forward to see what the ladies come up with next week!!

Level 1 girls are studying colour theory and this week their task has been to make preparations to hand stitch a colour wheel. They have been researching and experimenting with tints and shades
and learning how this effects the original colour. Keeping with the primary and secondary colours to make life easier for the moment they are collating all their new found skills into a colour book. To satisfy the marking criteria for City and Guilds they need to have painted a colour wheel, made a collage of a colour wheel and stitched a colour wheel, here are a few of the photos I took from last week's class.

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I asked them to first use Colourcraft pots of acrylic paint, it's not too runny and covers well if used neat. They used colours similar to an electronic printer as this gives the best range of colours and the best purple which is really difficult to obtain from other paint combinations.
I have also asked them to do a primary and secondary colour wheel in their own colours and to
compare them with the colourcraft paint, to see how different they are in the colours and pigments.
Today there is so much variety and paint companies with different names to their colours it is difficult to get the same results. The best thing to do is to choose a company you like and stick with them.

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Next week we should see some of the colour wheels stitched I hope if the girls haven't been naughty like me or perhaps I shall be slapping their legs in order for them to finish. I am of course JOKING!

Hope you have a creative week, try out some of our techniques and let me know how you get on i'd would love to see that this blog has inspired you. But know this don't worry if your mojo has lapsed you can always catch it on the way back up!!!
Best stitches
Beccy