My embroidery and creative stitching experiences.

The object of this lesson was to familiarise yourself with the shapes created by the stones and the negative spaces between them which in turn creates other shapes.

When I started this course I read all the requirements for each unit. I came to this unit and  I thought “That’s easy!” OOPs! Observing the shapes of the stones wasn’t the difficult part though, actually creating a likeness by cutting and tearing was!

Now I like to think I am quite arty and enjoy all sorts of crafts including paper crafts. However this one proved to be quite challenging! The piles of scrap cuttings and diminishing useful card for the first one I did would suggest I was having an off day and this continued until the end off the second example I did!

I wasn’t doing a third!

The Cut Card Wall

Creating shapes by cutting black card.

Study of my wall using shapes cut out of black card.

For my first study I used black card, craft scissors, PVA glue and standard sketching paper. I referred to my photographs and sketches for guidance.

I used sugar paper in the second example.

I liked the “clean” edges of the cut card. As I progressed with this exercise I could see that my wall had a good variety of contrasting elements. The top row contains mainly vertical stones where most of the rest of the wall contained horizontal stones. The stones on top of the wall were more uniform in shape in general, whereas the lower part of the wall’s stones varied more in shape. There was a good variety of sizes of shapes in the lower part but less so along the top. The top stones were more densely placed together whereas the spacing between the rest of the stones varied according to their shape, size and position. This created widening and narrowing negative spaces around the stones.

After much cutting and sticking I was very pleased with the results and went on with another sample for this unit.

The Torn Paper Wall

Shapes torn from black sugar paper representing my wall.

Sugar paper torn by hand to represent a stone wall.

There are times where I have  torn irregular shapes when really I was trying to create a perfect square etc so you would think doing it deliberately would be a piece of cake! But, given the task of deliberately tearing paper to create a specific irregular shape was a nightmare!! The paper was really an alien being that refused to be manipulated and controlled! Only grim determination on my part brought it into line and I eventually created a satisfactory piece! In fact as I look at it now I would say it is probably a closer representation of the real thing than the cut example. I think the torn edges give a more weathered look to the stones but also has a softening effect whereas the cleaner cut edges of the first sample make the stones look more solid and hard.

In conclusion I would say this was a useful and fun exercise despite the grumbles!

Next…teaching myself canvas stitches.


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