This week the focus of Surface, Structure, Stitch at City Lit was on machine covered cords " A line in space" . For homework I'd looked through my copy of Stitch and Structure by Jean Draper ( and also Janet Edmonds Three Dimensional Embroidery ) but had misread the instructions on bringing an image with strong mood , texture and colour.I'd remembered the 'colour' bit and on a lovely sunny day had drawn some of my shell collections - as my daily drawings ( love the serendipity of the combined drawings when backlit)
black and white studies in week 1. I used neocolour crayons and W&N Watercolour Markers which I've had for ages ( and was reminded why I still don't like them , back in the drawer they go! )
What we were doing with the images we had ( or hadn't!) brought in was to describe in words some of the qualities of our image then interpret the words in drawn/collaged lines . These examples Louise shared were based on a photo of a cactus with red flowers,
I did have some photos of shells with me but to more accurately describe their qualities used some of the items available in the class.
Then an attempt to make some machine wrapped cords : laying a string under free embroidery foot with feed dogs down and using a wide zig zag stitch and pulling it through. My poorly thumb hampered me somewhat as I couldn't hold it taut enough so didn't have enough control.
Enough writing for now, time to go and play ! I could be some time...