Monday, 21 October 2013

Contours in Black and White

Another lovely day was spent with Chris Cook down at Marlborough Embroiderers' Guild on Tuesday. I've signed up again this year for her six Design for Stitch sessions, one a month till April. It will keep me thinking and learning and challenged I've no doubt.

For this session we were printing and concentrating on creating and handling tone - no colour, just black and white ... so right up my street.


My piece, as so often, took on a landscape persona. I couldn't resist a long, narrow format or my favourite contour and hillside running stitch.


This time I threw in some machine stitching and couching as Chris suggested. The result is most definitely a sample with far too much happening in one piece but I think there is potential in the idea for developing my Cotswold Edge work.

One possible approach might be to add one or two lines of red stitching to give some pop - or I might take the scissors to it and cut it into small pieces for gridding in some way. I will get out my windows and try and see if I can abstract any small gems. If neither of these works, it will go in my samples box for future use.

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  1. I really like this, and I like the horizontal orientation as well.

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    1. Thank you - it's gaining a line of red stitching even as I write. There may be more and if they work, I might post again if it seems worth it ...

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  2. Great design and format, I love the black and white too. At first sight, it reminded me of my recent 'parking lot marks' entry. Looking forward to more...

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    1. I can see a definitely similarity with some of your 'parking lot marks' - I looked and enjoyed earlier this morning. Perhaps the trailing white resembles your paint spatters?

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