Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
So there is plenty to learn.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Now that I have two postcard-sized embroideries it will be interesting to see how they can be framed. This won't be easy as both are quite heavily textured - the first one even so more than this.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I may add a couple more red lines but I think I will wait and see how the whole thing develops first.
Now I need to work out how to do the butterfly. It is to sit in the top left hand corner. I envisage it as fairly delicate. Perhaps the wildlife of Brisbane area book can help.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I did try some knots and because they were deep purple, deep blue violet and red they added to the overall darkness of the piece. (Unpicking a pile of knots is definitely not much fun!) Maybe this is where the beads at the end lift everything!
Also I am not sure what I can use for some background in the outer areas. As well, the butterfly in the top right hand corner has me completely stumped at the moment. Definitely more questions than answers!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Lesson 5 has arrived! I am overwhelmed by colour - it had not occurred to me that I would find working in monochrome so much easier than in colour. One less dimension to worry about- no doubt.
I am currently trying out stitches for the background low relief areas. This has been a fun exercise as all the stitches are new to me. If I am to have any hope of finishing this before the end of the course I will have to make up my mind soon.
What a lot of information there has been in the 5 lessons! And how sad I am going to be next Thursday when the last lesson arrives.
While I am stitching my rice and punch stitches occasionally I let my brain wander on the Opera House exercise and have come up with a new sketch(?). I think this one might be fun to do after the course is over. Then again maybe I need to take a course in sketching!
Monday, August 6, 2007
I am not sure about the greens - I think I will use the yellow as the contrast.
Back to the needle and more practice on the hoop.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
It is all steam ahead for Lesson 4.
I wanted to have a memorable souvenir of Sydney. This drawing is based on a photo we took in 2002 and chosen because it is view of the Opera House I particularly like.
Now I have to start to think about a colour palette.
In between times I am practising some of the stitches from Sharon's dictionary - cast on stitch and bullion knots so far.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
What have I learnt?
1.Maybe I can start with a concept and develop a finished piece - thankyou Sharon. It has been a wonderful three lessons and I can't wait to start again and include colour into the mix this week.
2.That I love hand stitching . Amazingly as I get older and time seems to disappear much too quickly, the more I realise that time is something to be savoured, not gobbled in gulps.
3. Not really something new - I love playing with creams and whites. (However I love colour interactions also - so maybe I just like playing!)