Lovely day on Fiona Wilson's workshop

Mapping marks for stitch was a lovely day full of enthusiasm and playing. Fiona had previously been to the embroiders guild to talk about her work and I was delighted when she said she would do a workshop. We started 'warming' up with  range of drawing techniques using some of Fiona's images as inspiration. I chose an ariel view of a housing area in Copenhagen, mainly as it reminded me of dandelion clocks :0

So to the first challenge drawing looking at the image and not at the paper

We then went onto draw looking at both (too much pressure for every one :( ) then a massive mental challenge. use both hands, different media and draw at the same time.
We then created a new 'tool' combining a number of items and continued drawing. Every ones work was amazing and so different.

We went onto thinking about design, taking a line for a walk, using windows, spotting areas we liked and wanted to develop.

Onto the machine, experimenting with  threads, stitches, length, width, tension and free machining. The rest of the afternoon was spent experimenting and playing. I had a fantastic day and wanted to carry on, especially after Fiona demonstrated working with holes and 'free' thread sections. Oh well just need to play at home with the ideas that are flying around my head. I am sure more will be to follow xxx

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