Project 8 – Stages 1 & 2

Unfortunately,  I found the instructions in this section of the course very unclear and badly written. In one place the instructions were in the wrong order, jumping from section to section. This made it difficult to follow. I hope this part is re-written as part of the course re-write to make it easier to follow!

Colour matching paint to the source material then matching yarn to the paint seemed a bit of a waste of time really. I felt that matching yarns directly to the source was far more effective. That may well be just the way I work best. I am sure others would disagree! I felt that both were quite successful although I didn’t have enough colours of yarn to make a full colour match, I definitely had enough for a colour scheme.

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It took me an age to gather all the materials required. Not being a knitter / crocheter / weaver I don’t have much in the way of wool etc. so had to go and buy it. It is very hard to find a wool shop around here, sadly they have all closed down. So I rummaged around the charity shops for most of it. I did take a trip over to George Weil in Peasmarsh for warp thread and other more specialist yarns. So in the end I managed to collect together quite a wide range. (See below)

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I really enjoyed inventing constructed surfaces especially the cords, plaits and braids and the more experimental ‘woven’ structures I created in stage 2. the more I did the free-er they got. I particularly like the natural structure made from sticks, wire,yarn and silk sari yarn. I feel that this was the most successful overall.

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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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