Sunday, 16 October 2011

I seem to have spent the last few weeks like that poor fellow in the sculpture in St David's Cathedral.

But life seems to be a bit clearer now.
So it's back to work. Just like these chaps on a misericord in St David's.
In the DS course I do go on a bit about students drawing!
I think it helps you to 'see' and to 'think', before you stitch.
But so many students say that they can't draw!
I have put this next information for those who need encouragement to draw.
Find something you like and just draw 'copy' it.
One of my absolute favourite textiles is Kuba Cloth. It is palm leaf woven with a cut pile embroidered in geometric designs. I first saw them at the Museum of Mankind in London.
It was one of those truly magic moments.
I drew (copied) many of the designs. Just because I liked them! I had no project in mind.

Then I coloured them in.
When I was starting the Historical Heirloom C & G course at Urchfont Manor,
with Val Campbell-Harding I needed a design source that, I thought, had that 'tingle factor'.
This was the opportunity to develop those drawings into stitch.
One of the plans for stitching using the designs.
And this is the stitching.


  1. Such an inspiring way to develop a lovely piece of work , it will send me back to the sketchbooks to reappraise all those part-sketches , it went from a lovely inspiration piece to a really gorgeous work that is quite different from the original source, beautiful.
    So glad you are no longer holding up the boat Janet, hope things hit calmer waters now.....

  2. Thanks for sharing the process that you went through to make your amazing stitched piece! I am one of the many who thinks themselves not to be able to draw, as you already know, and that is one of the things that has stopped me taking the plunge with city and guilds before now. But I guess it's the same as anything else - a little bit of practise goes a long way.

  3. how wonderful to see your observation, transcription, experimentation and development into a final piece...the whole process...stunningxxx Totally agree Angela... the more you experiment, the more it flows, the better it gets...there's no right or wrong... I'm sure Michelangelo didn't go straight out and paint the Sistine Chapel after a few months...he was a commercial artist who'd been doing it for