Thursday, 28 February 2008

Chapter 4 - Drawing Patterns from Animal Markings

For this Chapter I had to focus on the patterns in animal markings and translate them in to line drawings.




I also put some in to my sketchbook.






Sunday, 24 February 2008

Chapter 3 continued

After using normal stitching I had to go on to 'whip' stitch on the next samples. I've done it the best I can on my sewing machine. It has a bobbin that drops in the top not like my old machine where it went in a case before being put in the machine. That meant I couldn't alter the tension on the bobbin so I had to do the best I could by altering the tension on the top stitch and reducing the pressure on the foot. I also had to stitch from the wrong side so didn't know if it was correct until I'd finished and had a look.

Sample A
not a very good example, bit too loose

Sample B
getting better

Sample C

Sample D

Sample E
All the following samples have a thicker thread wound on to the bobbin.

Sample F

Sample G

Sample H

Sample I


Sample J

Sample K

Chapter 3 - Tonal Effects in Machine Stitchery

In this Chapter I had to use machine stitching to obtain the tonal effects. All the samples are 4" square on calico backed with cotton.

Sample A
straight stitch in rows

Sample B
zig zag stitch varying the stitch length and width

Sample C
straight stitch in peaks

Sample D
straight stitch randomly over fabric

Sample E
zig zag stitch randomly over fabric

Sample F
zig zag stitch in zig zag pattern over fabric

The following samples are using different stitch pattern that I have available on my sewing machine with varying stitch and width lengths.

Sample G

Sample H

Sample I

Sample J

Sample K

Sample L

Chapter 2 - Tonal Column in Stitchery

This Chapter covers tone in Hand Stitching.

Sample A
Cross Stitch with black and white threads on 12 count Aida

The next samples are Tone using 'Blackwork'.

Firstly I had to use graph paper to draw a pattern where as you added another stitch to each row you would get a darker tone by the time you got to the end. I got a bit carried away and ended up doing 3 samples, B, C and D.

Sample B

Sample C

Sample D

Next I had to vary the spacing between each row. I used a cross pattern and gradually increased the space between each row and each cross as I got further down the sample.

Sample E

Lastly I had to do a sample where various thickness of thread where used to obtain the tone, I also increased the space in between each row as I went.


Sample F

Samples with graph paper patterns.





Module 2 Chapter 1- The Study of Tone

I've had Module 2 since November and I've finished 4 Chapters but kept forgetting to put photos up so stand by for quite a few posts.

For CHAPTER 1 I had to create strips covering tone from white at one end to black at the other using various media.


Sample A
black india ink, black acrylic, white acrylic


Sample B
black pencil, white pastel, white oil pastel, black oil pastel


Sample C
black wax crayon, white pastel hatching, black india ink hatching, pencil hatching


Sample D

This is a page from my sketchbook of some extra samples.