A a section of a fine interpretive stitch sample by Val.
Last weekend was the 4th weekend of my Experimental Textiles course at The Old Needle Works in Redditch. The 4th weekend involves a large scale still life on the Saturday and then paper collage on the Sunday. Drawing, particularly in front of others tends to terrify most students but it is a very important part of the 'looking' process.
But first we looked at the homework the group had done since we last met - They were to stitch into their 'spaces inbetween' samples. Stitching into paper can be a challenge - particularly if you are used to stitching into fabric.
The front can be fabulous -
After discussing the homework, we launched into the still life that I had set up. I had asked the group to bring in 3 objects each to help supplement the arrangement I had created. The idea was to start with a 30 minute large scale painting and then move onto to pastels and pencils for more controlled and considered drawings. Sloshing paint about is always a good way to 'limber up' at the beginning of the session. I explained that I wanted strong lines and shapes, rather than anything particularly representationall.
Barbara and Mary starting to draw.
This is a small selection of what was produced during the day.
Kat getting stuck in.
Here are the beginnings of a few of the collages . . .
As you can see - once these have been stitched they are going to be fabulous.
This course is very close to my heart - well I suppose it would be wouldn't it? I wrote it. It involves all the very basic textile techniques that no one wants to do - so I make you!!!
I will be teaching this course on weekdays as well as weekends next year - there seems to be a lot of interest. I will be teaching one group on Thursdays and Fridays and one on weekends. I am also working on modules that can be taught as a distant learning course for my lovely ladies in the Antipodes.
The next courses will run from May 2014 to March 2015.
If any of you are interested you can have a look at the website -
experimentaltextiles.com if you have any questions you can email me on
I am a bit behind with the blog but will catch up over the coming week. I have the Art Van Go workshop to tell you about and am currently teaching at Denman College. So . . . lots to tell.
The sun is shining and all is well with the world - I hope all is well with you too.
Have a great weekend.
x x x
Hello Jill and Diana.
Jill we need to have a chat at some stage - need your advice (again) x