This class will run on 12th June 2013.
This class is now full. Please leave a comment if you want to go on the list for the next time it runs.
Sumptuous surfaces explores the wonders of highly textured freeform contemporary hand embroidery while also developing design skills.
Over a six week period students are guided through the process of developing their own design, as well as being introduced to techniques used in freeform textured hand embroidery.
Students are encouraged to create their own design and make one or two small hand embroidered panels. I suggest students work on fabric postcards as this size enables students to complete a small design exercise. However if people want to work larger it is their choice.
The course is suitable for beginners to advanced stitchers as you can work at your own skill level.
Working in Monotone and Colour
The course is divided into 2 blocks of 3 weeks each. The first section of the course deals with designing highly textured pieces in monotone. The second section of the course builds on that knowledge and students design and work a piece using colour.
Throughout the six week course key concepts in design are covered such as, composition, shape, geometrical and organic shape, space, handling positive and negative space, scale, density, weight, line, movement, direction and texture.
Throughout the course I have focused intensely on texture as design element. Understanding texture is key in the textile arts. An area of interest can be created because it is heavily textured, complex and intricate. Texture is also the element that separates textiles from arts such as drawing or painting. In both drawing and painting texture is represented whereas in textiles we have the option of representing texture or actually working the physicality of texture. In other words the surface can be manipulated in a physical way not just represented. This aspect of textiles sets it apart as a medium.
All my courses are written to be used long after the course is finished. I understand that sometimes life gets in the way and some students are not able to stitch along in the 6 week period. For anyone who finds themselves in this position the teaching material provided will enable you to work through the ideas in a self paced manner.
The first week is an introduction to the design process. The same basic process is used to design everything. This process is often described in three steps, Concept, Form and Content. Key principals of design are covered in order to develop a design for a monotone piece of embroidery. I cover where to look for design ideas and how to develop them using composition, shape, geometrical and organic shape, space, handling positive and negative space, scale, density, weight, line, movement, direction and texture.
In weeks two and three we deal with techniques that can bring your project to fruition. In these two weeks we look at the nuts and bolts of stitching, thread choice, working with textured stitching, found objects and beads.
Weeks 4, 5 and 6
Colour is a huge topic so I have devoted a week to it. In week 4 once again we return to the design process and work up a design in colour. Once again we are exploring ideas on paper or in a visual journal only this time we are dealing with colour principals and design combined. New designs are explored and worked up with an eye to creating them over the final two weeks.
In these last two weeks you give form to your concept. In this time block you learn to handle colour as well as combining the skills learnt in the first section of the course.
Some students may wish to simply treat everything made in this course as design exercises. That is fine. Other students may wish to tackle other subjects. This is also fine as I actively encourage all students to learn and develop in their own manner and it makes for an interesting class!
At least 2 pieces of 26 or 28 count even weave linen in cream, off white or antique white each measuring 9 x 9 inches
In weeks 1-3 you will need a selection of threads in one colour range in order to work in monotone.
I have found working in cream, white, bone and natural muted tones in this time block to be an advantage to most students. This is just a suggestion, it is not necessary. If students want to work in another colour they are free to do so. Whatever the colour, you will need perle threads in sizes 5, 8, and 12. I also suggest a good selection of hand embroidery threads, in fine and medium weights, such as silk threads, rayon ribbon floss, crewel wool yarns, and Coton a Broder.
Please note I have said “selection of threads”. There is no need to go to great expense buying every thread listed but you need a variety of threads that have different textures, thickness and sheen. It’s the contrast that is important and I am trying to get new stitchers away from using just stranded cotton. You will definitely need a range of colours in DMC perle threads in sizes 5, 8, and 12
For the second section of the course you will need a selection of coloured hand embroidery threads, in fine and medium weights, such as perle cottons, silk threads, rayon ribbon floss, overdyed and hand dyed threads (Caron Watercolors, and Caron Waterlillies are ideal), crewel wool yarns, and Coton a Broder. Thicker threads for couching to the surface of the fabric are also used. Once again you do not need every thread on this list just a small range will be suitable.
A selection of beads such as seed beads, bugle beads, round and ring spacer beads between 5mm and 20 mm. Interesting feature beads that are between 10 – 25 mm in size and have a large hole in the middle are useful. Have some heishi or hishi beads to hand. Small round, dome shaped bead caps are useful.
In highly textured embroidery beads of of all sorts are fun to use. There is a wide range to choose from. Materials of wood, bone, shell, clay, soapstone, beads made of seed pods, coconut shell, and stone lend themselves to being incorporated in these projects. Items like sliced shells larger donut beads, bead disks and donuts are wonderful to include in this type of project.
Chenille Needles (size 22 – 26)
Tapestry Needles (size 20 – 26)
Embroidery/Crewel Needle (size 7-10)
Milliners/Straw Needle (size 3-9)
Usual hand sewing equipment such as embroiderers hoop, scissors etc.
Notebook, visual journal or folder in which to keep design exercises, ruler, and quilters marking pencil that is easily removed from your work, dress makers carbon, tracing paper.
$60.00 US for 6 lessons
12th June 2013
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