Canvas Work · Distant Stitch Foundation

Interpretation Exercise

The brief for this section is to go back to the rubbings made of the wall and interpret some or all of it in stitch. The uniformity of canvas could be quite constrictive but actually I have found it to be more free-form than I had thought possible. This time I chose to select neutral… Continue reading Interpretation Exercise

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Getting Stitchy Part 2

Exercise II – Discovering Canvas Work Colour Blending What does this mean?  It is the used of several thread shades blended together to create shadow, highlight, depth and graduation in embroidery work.  Edges are softened as the colours move into each other creating a painterly effect. I wanted to use this exercise to challenge myself… Continue reading Getting Stitchy Part 2

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Getting Stitchy Part I

Brief The next set of exercises will use Canvas work stitches and ground with a pronounced grid in order to explore what stitches, thread and ground could be used to interpret this study further. Exercise 1: Discovering different canvas stitch formation I decided to use a straightforward 10 count inter-locked canvas to demonstrate some of… Continue reading Getting Stitchy Part I

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Shape Observations

Brief: Task 4 of the course requires me to: “Seek out any shapes in your chosen surface; perhaps these shapes are different coloured shapes or perhaps they show the structure of your surface such the way the stones, bricks, wooden planks, metal bars are arranged. Notice how the gaps between these shapes will also be… Continue reading Shape Observations

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Make a Colour Study of Your Wall (part II)

Brief: This post follows on from part one of the colour study brief posted on 16th August 2016, you might want to check that post before reading this one. Exercise 2: Fabric Colour Pallet Study As explained in my first post I decided to split this brief into 2 exercises because I wanted to explore… Continue reading Make a Colour Study of Your Wall (part II)

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Make a Colour Study of your Wall

Brief: Use paints, crayons and any other colouring materials to record, as accurately as possible, the colours in your chosen surface. Select a small area if your surface is large. Make patches of colour to represent each variety of observed colours. You will probably discover a wide range of different colours even if you initially… Continue reading Make a Colour Study of your Wall

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Making a Surface Rubbing

The Brief: Make some rubbings of different areas of your surface that have enough relief to make interesting patterns or marks. The Exercise: Having decided on the wall I was going to study it occurred to me that I might not have .chosen wisely when I re-read this brief. At first look the wall appeared to be too… Continue reading Making a Surface Rubbing