Chapter 3 Threads and Stitches

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Chapter 3 Appendix.

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These are the samples I did for the course I started with Sandra H. which was cancelled by the college halfway through due to lack of numbers.

Applique using soft & hard edges001   Applique using soft & hard edges002

Applique using soft and hard edges

Texture & Line foot on001   Texture & Line foot on002

Texture and line foot on

Texture & Line foot off001   Texture & Line foot off002

Texture and line foot off

Shadow techniques001

 Shadow techniques – 1 – On net

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Shadow techniques – 2 – Between sheer layers

Layering & cut work001

Layering and Cut-work 1

Layering & cut work002   Layering & cut work003 (Reverse)

Layering and Cut-work 2 (Left: Front, Right: Reverse)

 Cushion001  

One of several studies for a cushion based on the Sutton Hoo Burial Hoard:

Bird of Prey (Raven) head from shield

Cushion002   Cushion005

Complete cushion (left) and Bird head on twisted grid (Right)

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Complete Bird of Prey

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Foot on twisted grid.

And the one at Knole…Why the trees are blue

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This was an exhibition in the Orangery at Knole: six large pieces worked by Janet Crowther, Distant Stitch Machine Tutor. They were inspired by the tapestries at Knole, and illustrated the various stages undergone by C16 tapestries, from their vivid origins to the muted shadows we see today. It didn’t say you couldn’t take photos, but I didn’t, because of copyright. Perhaps Janet might put some more on her blog.
There was information about the natural dyes used – only natural ones available then, and the disintegration caused by the use of iron, (my physics teacher son-in-law tried to explain oxidisation at the dinner table last night, but amongst the cacophony, I couldn’t hear properly). We made the time to go on the Sunday before we left for France, where we now are, and I was glad we had. The first one: Construction had beautiful line stitching illustrations of the dye plants (a la Cefyn Burgess) at the bottom and was a confection of woven pieces using the original colours and the original dye plants, and hand and machine stitching. the other one I particularly liked (I liked them all – the colours were very soothing) was Disintegration where the first stage of decay was illustrated with shredded backing showing through, and even more muted colours. It was a monumental work, and must have taken years. I greatly enjoyed seeing it, thank you Janet.