Thursday, 8 November 2018

The Colour Wheel, Shape and Form - City and Guilds Hand and Machine Embroidery

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

Half term has come and gone, a distant memory! The clocks have gone back and every evening we are plunged into darkness at some ridiculous hour of the day and mornings are just not long enough, Can you tell it's not my favourite time of the year!! and yet ever the optimist I try to find things to cheer my self up, because if there is one thing I don't like; is hearing myself moan. I have nothing to moan about and if it's only the weather that is getting me down, well I'm not doing so bad.

Before Half term we were discussing how level 1's were getting on. They have made a fantastic start with some wonderful mark making using wet and dry mediums and stitching into some of them using hand embroidery stitches and some using the sewing machine.
It is thoroughly fascinating what designs come from messing around and not giving a great deal of thought to the composition/colour/pattern etc and just letting your mind go free, it relieves the worry of "did i do that correctly" or if your not good at drawing particularly it doesn't mean that you have to be an artist to bring together an interesting and thought provoking image.


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These two pieces above were made by Elaine and she has used her machine to great effect here. In sewing these pieces she has learned several things about stitching onto fine fabrics and how to use interfacing to her advantage to help support the stitches, so that they don't pucker the fabric.
We also found that the piece of paper she used with a square aperture to paint the background fabrics would make a wonderful frame.



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This week we have been studying the colour wheel, something which can be really confusing, but hopefully after a few sessions of colour theory, it won't seem quite as daunting.
I think they had a lot of fun any way by the state of the table.


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Adding colour to a picture is like turning the light on, without light there is no colour! I am not about to tell you the physics of light and colour but it is safe to say that it is only when light shines on a object that it's true colours are revealed. Some colours are stronger than others with high content of pigment  and it is those that would change dramatically were sunlight to be less.

To fully understand colour theory would mean taking a University degree, the technology and manufacturing industry is huge.  We don't realise how important it is to our lives through advertising and even down to what we wear, colour can have a impact on our social and personal feelings.
 We are bombarded everyday by signs, images and video we would be totally and utterly lost with out colour in out lives.


Meanwhile level 2's are beginning to study Shape and Form, in today's task we are discovering that from a circle all other shapes are derived, we did a series of pages on distorting and manipulating the circle shape into other shapes by folding and cutting and then drawing around the shapes to make other patterns.


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I just love doing things like this, the more you do, the more it opens your minds to other designs and shapes, it is totally mesmerising and inspiring. When I start, I just can't stop and time flies by!!!!

After the girls have made their decision on a shape to follow, they will then stitch some samples by hand and machine so I can't wait to see what they come up with.


Just a short blog this week as I haven't many pictures yet to show you. Pictures are so much more fun than listening to me waffling on.

Speak to you next week, all being well!!!

Best stitches

Beccy

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