Sunday, 30 December 2012

New Projects

Hope you all had a good Christmas and are now ready for the New Year celebrations.

New Year, new projects. The next module in my RSN Diploma will be appliqué. Mmmm….can’t say that it is something that I have been eager to get my teeth into! Still after some serious browsing sessions (what did we all do before the internet!) I have come up with something based around an 11th century tapestry that will hopefully allow me to meet all the requirements in the brief.

I have started to frame up the calico backing and will then be ready to begin when I get back to Durham in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, and as well as, I thought I would revisit some of the things I have learnt over the past few years and develop my own designs. This will definitely be an interesting experience for me as I have to interpret all those ideas I keep going on about into physical designs. Oh, to be artistic........

So far I have done a small sketch based on a traditional Jacobean leaf that I will then stitch in crewel wool.

Crewel Leaf design
I have some linen fabric – not the traditional twill-so will see how that works up and I shall use wools from Renaissance Dyes. I haven’t used these before so I reckon I can make all this part of the learning process of seeing what works and what doesn’t! Maybe one day I'll even get adventurous.

Crewel wools and linen fabrics

Stitching ideas!

I have already worked out some stitching ideas that I want to incorporate into the design so all I have to do now is pounce it onto the fabric and off we go. I'm sure there'll be plenty of reverse stitching, so watch this space!

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