Day 1 of the RSN Certificate course – and I turned up early, very unsure of what to expect. I was met by my tutor for the day, Owen Davies, who put me at ease straight away. My first task was to frame up a piece of twill on a slate frame – a very laborious and time consuming task. So much so, that I didn’t have time to take any pictures of the process! By lunch time though, I had my material mounted securely onto a slate frame ‘drum tight.’
Next we turned our attention to my design, which I had thought a little about before my arrival. Luckily for me only a few modifications were suggested, although with three tutors on site, these changed constantly throughout the day! After many drawings and tracings, here is the final design and stitch guide.
Then it was on to a colour theme. You are allowed to choose 5 shades of two main colours and then two shades of an accent colour. My choices were ‘guided’ by the tutors, but I am quite happy with them.
With only an hour to go, the tutors decided that with a concerted effort I could prick out the design using a very fine needle, apply the design to the twill using pounce (a powder that falls through the tiny pin pricked holes) and then paint over the pounce for permanency. So I gave it my best shot – and managed to get it all finished – but was totally exhausted by the end of the day. The bath awaits!!