Project 3 – stage 6 – Exercises 1 & 2

More stitching……….

I really got quite excited doing these exercises. Combining textures and colour effects really interests me and I came up with some interesting combinations. I chose to do some hand stitching and some machine stitching as well and I love the larger sample that I created even though it did take forever to complete! The colours blended in together beautifully and there were some striking results. The machine stitching, I felt worked best for this particularly the red and blue. From a distance you can really see a purple shade emerging. Although from a further distance the hand stitching did blend to form colour change effects too. The red and yellow french knots do blend together to form an appearance of orange. The blue and yellow again were not so effective when merged. 

I will have to mount this in a circle aperture as the hoop ‘bled’ onto the white felt unfortunately.

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I also enjoyed mixing colours using french knots. The effects were lovely, but so time consuming I felt as though I would never finish. I felt that this sample worked well in that the colours blended gradually across the sample.

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I chose a lovely peaceful image from my collection of images to use for a sample. It was a drawing looking into a rock pool in North Cornwall. The stones were beautifully smooth and coloured, having been worn down by the sea moving across them over time.

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I am now so fed up with french knots that I really don’t want to see one ever again, my daughter however is now so enamored with them that she wants them on her prom dress!

We found this on Etsy:

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I told her to learn herself!



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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