Wow. This was the longest exercise ever. Not only are French knots slow but they are BORING, so when combined with the procrastination they are even slower. I took about 2 months doing this one sample and then ended up not doing any course work for several months afterwards.
This stage consisted of exercises with primary colours, muted colours and working a sample in French Knots.
Here are the finished samples:
I know the colours work to express a feeling for me, but I’m not sure that they would evoke the same reactions in others.
This was the biggest learning point here for me. I was pretty surprised when I really looked at the colours.
I prefer the look of watercolour but found working with gouache easier. The gouache stayed wetter longer so the colours mixed easier.
Obviously the hand sewing is slower! And the colours have to be blended together with fine blended stitching rather than mixing together into a consistent new colour. However I really liked the effect of the stitching.
The standard answer here is that I’d love to have more time to try different colour schemes and different ways of doing things – especially with the stitching. But there is only 24 hours in each day and I’m happy with what I’ve done for this stage, and what I have learnt along the way.
Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.