Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The first class (Textile & Embroidery Art)

Finally, the first class of the ACG's Textile & Embroidery Art course arrived, Jun 12, 2011. I have been very excited with this because I finally able to have a formal class on subjects such as color study. Most of my learning about color studies is from one of my daily read.

I have made three toddler quilts last year for three of my 3 young nieces covering monochromatic scheme (one) and complimentary scheme (orange & blue and purple & green - not so obvious in the photo below).

There were two new faces in the class: Eva Ng and Hui Ming. I chatted up with them and found out that Eva does accessories and paper craft while Hui Ming does cross stitch but will soon be doing embroidery.
Jane has already prepared for us a bag full of supplies: folders with all the necessary hand-outs, a sketch book, and plain fabric in all the colors in a basic color wheel.

Colour Study : She began by explaining the COLOUR WHEEL and its use. We were taught how to remember the 12-part colour wheel - Primary, Secondary & Tertiary colours.

To test our memory, she gave us pieces of fabric wedges to arrange in a circle in proper order and taught us how to make a SUFFOLK PUFF for the centre. That's for starters. More about colour wheel in the next class.

Next was a bit of Art History. An introduction to Piet MONDRIAN. Who is that? What's his art style? What were his famous paintings? We had to find out. Homework-lah!

Design basics : LINES... Jane gave us an exercise to do after showing us all the possibilities & purposes of a line. Click : Line in Art to see an entertaining and enlightening PowerPoint presentation to show you how lines are used explicitly and implicitly in art by famous artists like Monet.

Kak Siti was eager to start her Embroidery session of the class so over to her -

Kak Siti, the embroidery guru provided us each a packet of all kinds of needles, some with those big eyes. Just nice for all sorts of threads in a variety of thickness. learned what is a 'skein' and 'ply'. We also had a needle threader (just in case our eyes fail us)

We started off learning STRAIGHT STITCHES. Apparently, there are so many types and just with running stitches and different thickness of yarn (that's embroidery speak for thread), we can create many interesting effects.

Jane also gave us notes on a Japanese embroidery style that uses only running stitches - Sashiko, which was traditionally used to sew layers of cloth together to create thickness (and warmth) and also to extend the useful life of the fabric item. When a part has worn off, they creatively sew on another piece in a lovely design.

(Updated: here is another link showing the basic of Sashiko).

One of the participants engrossed in her embroidery sampler!

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