Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Module 3 finished at last
Well! 6 months down the line and I've finally finished module 3 of the C&G Embroidery Certificate, Nature's coverings, with Opus.
To be honest it started out as a bit of a slog because, as anyone who reads my posts may know, I'm not a fan of layers and layers of stitch.
Right from the start this module , as it's title suggests, was concerned with getting up close and personal with nature's textures. The thought of that quite pleased me as I do have a large collection of such pics, tree bark, sand patterns, dry stone walls etc. as I'm sure we all do. However the first thing we had to do was head for the fridge!!!! and look for exotic textures amongst last month's rotten cabbage lingering in the salad drawer together with the limp cucumber and spring onions that thought they were going to be such a lovely salad.
Having grumbled my way through the paperwork exercises I did find that some of the textures in my ailing fridge contents were quite interesting , such as the difference in the texture of tomato pips and the glistening juicy area around them.
When it came to interpreting the stuff in the fridge in stitch I thought I'd be in big trouble and approached the exercise with dread and irritation!! But once again I was proved wrong and I actually began to enjoy the rhythms of building up the layers of stitch and the different colours and patterns that emerged, almost without my input!!
There are still stitches that I don't like such as buttonhole stitch and BH bars, I'm not that keen on tufting either, but on the whole I learnt a lot in this module and am not quite so resistant to layers of stitch now I'm a bit more informed.
As far as the final project is concerned, the rust triptych, I decided to work on just one canvas at a time as this felt less daunting! This piece is not finished as I think I need to work over the background some more and maybe put down more layers of resin, once I have found a suitable method of building up the layers.
So onwards and upwards towards colour, the next module!