I spent last weekend at college, taking another course towards the Foundation Diploma which I am doing. The course was called 'Connecting Design to Stitch' and was taken by Sandra Meech. I really enjoyed the weekend. We started on Friday evening, playing with 'Brusho', colouring lots of A4 sized pages (we used 'copier' paper and also some heavier cartridge paper). We also coloured some black and white copies of photographs (which we had chosen before the course. I picked out some photos I took when we went up to Scotland earlier in the year). We left the papers to dry overnight and in the morning we cut each piece into 3 and then folden the pages and arranged them into 'signatures' which were then sewn together. We also included some sheets of tracing paper in each booklet.
We then started working into the booklets - doing different exercises on line; shape; tone etc. which Sandra demonstrated.
We used a simple method of binding the signatures together - just weaving coloured thread through the thread holding the signatures together. It takes quite a while to do this - looks pretty though!
We also did some collage which was then photographed and printed onto 't shirt' transfer paper and then put onto cotton (the one on the bottom is the transfered image)...
...and had a play with some Bondaweb which had been coloured with very dilute acrylic paint, scrunched up and then allowed to dry before ironing onto cotton. You get some lovely effects!
I did do a little bit of stitching into a couple of collage compositions I made but I haven't had a chance to take any photos of those yet.
The weather was pretty grim on Sunday night - I was woken up quite a few times by the noise of the sash window rattling in my room! I decided to stay an extra night and travel home on Tuesday rather than driving home after the course finished on Monday. I'm so glad I did because the sun came out on Tuesday morning and I had time for a quick walk around the gardens.