Hurrah! Nearly Sprout free zone.
He is quilted and currently hanging before backing and binding.
New task is in response to the lighter and longer days promising Spring (trying to ignore all the grey and drab days). Bulbs are coming up, buds are swelling, birds are getting noisy and one of the local cats has been snoozing in the middle of the garden, so I feel a bit of a shake up is required too.
Light, bright and fluffy is the aim, and when looking for a source for an art class I found a Monet painting – one of the Poplars series- that just fit the bill. All light, purples and golds, glowing combinations with light jadey blues and delicate porcelain colours. Why not another stitcher? Well, I don’t want to see the answers ready made, I find that finding my own solutions makes me ask more questions, and having worked out the problem I see the decisions others have made with greater clarity.
Task one – picking out individual colours. Of course I don’t have the ones I want – in part the Sprout has eaten them, so I am already losing, but I am not trying to recreate the picture, just to get a feel for how the colours and tones work.
Task two – working with the colours together. The Impressionist techniques, with their broken coloured surfaces, I thought would work quite well in thread. Oh dear. I have made a start and of course got it wrong straight away. This is a natural talent.
The dark green has been eaten alive, it is just a dark now – it worked until the lighter purple came to town. The mid green has had all of its green-ness sucked away and reads as a dull grey tone and has been abandoned. Even the bright green will only go out mob handed. I wonder if the purple was just too dominant a shade.
It is hard to be patient and not try to correct immediately but will wait and see what happens as the more vibrant colours come on.
And this is the end result, as it developed the colours popped and balanced more but it was hard to gauge not only which shade of a colour but also how much of it was required. The toffee gold was weaker than expected against the sky but the off white shouts. The pale pink disappears in places but makes a bid for world domination in others (next Bond villain?) The key is more about contrasts and context I think- the similar tones try to blend, the grey in the muted colours gathers strength if several are put together. Obviously blocks of colour show more than single strands- most of the time, and the more small quantities are mixed the more ‘tweed’ the outcome. This little study was never meant to be a ‘piece’ just a learning curve. Technically it is a disaster zone but I have enjoyed the challenge. Finally worked out that the tension problems were above not below and read the manual- cleaned trapped threads from between the tension discs.(2 minutes with tension at 0 and the use of a large pin!)
The current ‘proper piece’ has been a silent victim of the experimentation, might have over compensated with the bluey green but I felt it needed a moment away from the purple bully. I may try changing the build sequence – rather than adding the darker areas first, perhaps get some of the lights in and work down the tonal scale rather than up? Maybe dye and stain to a mid tone before or in the early stages so that I can work away from it ? Hmm.
Don’t forget have ‘classes’/ project workshops available Wed 20th and Fri 22nd February.