Jenny Shannon tells us about her experience on the Embroiderers’ Guild Distance Learning course – Exploring Opportunities in Stitch & Design.
This course was every bit as good as the first!
Taking the line and shape elements first, I thoroughly enjoyed making the string and foam blocks, as well as the stencils. I learned to look for shapes and how best to interpret them in designs. I also learned a lot from the pattern making exercise and now find myself looking for patterns in nature, particularly fractals. Positive and negative shapes, while not appealing to me greatly, have also opened my eyes to design possibilities.
I learned a lot about mixing colours and the use of opacity, translucency and transparency. The dyeing module was magical! It was fascinating to see how different fabrics reacted to the same colour mix, producing some unexpected results. My use of colour is definitely improving!
The illusion of form exercise was a very interesting one which certainly challenged my perception. Turning shape into form was challenging in a different way as I had problems with the hollow form in particular, especially when I had to develop it into a solid form. Manipulating paper shapes into 3D forms was far more enjoyable. I really loved looking at shapes from a different perspective, with a less realistic view of them. I think this will really help me to design embroideries more freely.
Overall, this has been a wonderful experience which has given me confidence to design and stitch more pieces.