Just to continue my theme on never finishing something I have started – I have put away my canvas work for the next couple of weeks to concentrate on silk shading on an intensive course at the RSN, Hampton Court. My view for the next two weeks…….
The first day concentrated on choosing an image. I had lots of flowers that I liked, but most were small and white which apparently is not a good choice – so I went for something bold and bright although the end result will probably not make it to a frame as I am still not sure that I like it! However it is the process that I am learning and as you can see there is a lot of scope for colour and some challenging shapes to attempt. The RSN also specifies that the picture chosen needs to have flower or fruit, leaf and a turnover – I think this fits the brief quite well.
Once the subject had been chosen a black and white and colour sketch of it was made to get you to look more closely at the image.
We then worked out an order of stitching – the background elements need to be tackled first before anything in the foreground – next we looked at the direction that our stitches will be moving in.
Finally an outline was pricked with a needle and the image was transferred using pounce onto a piece of silk mounted over calico – which I had prepared before hand.
One thing that stuck out immediately was how calm and quite the intensives are when compared to a normal C and D day. With only 6 students the room was very quiet and you got a lot of individual attention from the tutor and her helpers.
Looking forward to day 2!