Project 2 – Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

At last onto stitching!

Stage 2 of project 2 required me to explore the different effects that could be achieved with stitch.

To start I chose some of the marks that I had made during project 1 and tried to re-create them in stitch. I used a mixture of hand and machine embroidery concentrating on one or two basic colours.

Here are a few of my experiments:

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Stage 3 – a Sample

For my sample I chose to use the trees in snow drawings I had done during project 1. This was because I felt they had a nice mix of marks within them.

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Stage 5 – stitches which create texture

I really enjoyed playing with direction of stitch in this section and felt I created some interesting effects. Again I used both hand and machine techniques to create my samples.

I found that particularly placing stitches in blocks of varying direction craeted the best effect on shading depending on how the light hit the thread. it was more marked on the machine stitched samples probably due to the thread being quite shiny.

Here are a couple of them:

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The first was created with hand worked satin stitch; the second, machine stitch. Both are worked by varying the direction of the stitches.

I then worked a small sample, trying to relate some of these effects to my drawing work. I based the sample on the Cornish rock drawings from project 1. I felt these drawings had the best variation of texture.

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Stage 6 using thread and yarns to create texture

For the sample for stage 6, I again used the Cornish rocks work as I felt it was the best source for texture and unusual colours.

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I really enjoyed this sample as it is only loosely based on the drawing, capturing the essence of it rather than being an exact copy.


About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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1 Response to Project 2 – Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

  1. fibresofbeing says:

    Some very nice results!
    I particularly like the effectiveness combined with simplicity of the top couple of photos.

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