I hoped I would get a bit more done last week, art-wise, than I did, but there was more work (day job) than I expected (which is good, really) and so in the end I was squeezing the art in around it. I did the machine quilting on the second of three panels for the appliqué assessment in my quilting course, and started on the hand stitching. It’s crazy, really, to be doing large amounts of hand stitching on a project like this when time is short, but I am, because when I decided to do that, it turned from an assessment piece I ‘had to get done’ into something that I feel engaged with and might even want to look at again afterwards.

For OCA Textiles 1, I’m still working on the pointillist stitching exercises. I tried some different stitches…

pointillist stitching

… and then French knots at a different scale, though not (yet) with rope as envisioned by Jude in her comment! This was just tapestry wool on canvas.

pointillist stitching

I enjoyed this exercise, which was to blend pastel colours across a sample. Though I had to scrape the barrel a little to find any pastel colours at all in my thread collection – just a few silks left over from something I made for my niece when she was a baby (she’s practically a teenager now and I don’t seem to have bought any thread you could call pastel since then – a few knitting yarns, that’s all).

blending stitches

The next exercise is to interpret something from my sketchbooks, also in pastel shades, in a pointillist style. Well, a quick glance through them reveals that even when I paint something that looks pastel-ish, I make it stronger or brighter or even a different colour! So I think the next exercise is actually to sit down with my sketchbook and some paint that includes liberal amounts of white, and see how pale and interesting I can be…

painting crockery

more French knots and other dots

7 thoughts on “more French knots and other dots

  • October 2, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    I love your drawing style, its so free. Very envious! As for pale, I always end up with a bold pallete with colour.

  • October 5, 2007 at 8:09 am

    I love your french nots, especially the combined last one, the colours blend really well,

    Love the teacup pic too! beautiful! x

  • October 6, 2007 at 10:47 am

    i love the idea of the pointilist work and our your sketchbook painting of the cups and saucers at the bottom is delightful.

  • October 8, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Truly works of art that inspire!

  • October 8, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you all for your nice comments – you are very encouraging 🙂

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