The last lesson focussed on shape and balance. Quoting from our notes – Tone, colour, weight, size and use of shape are all things to consider when trying to create a harmonious whole. The use of too many competing elements in a design can create confusion, and balance is often achieved by repetition and minimising the use of too many conflicting ideas. Balance can be achieved with symmetry, where shapes are spaced evenly on either side of the centre line, this is usually callm, ordered and formal.
Using a compass to divide a circle into twelve parts, and drawing the design on two of them, then repeating it, this was my original design.
It was then stitched using flat stitches as a line or filling, and this is the finished piece.
It is worked in silk, stranded and pearl cottons, both plain, hand dyed and variagated. The stitches are running stitch, back stitch, stem, herringbone, cretan, fly, and knotted straight stitch. Worked on linen, it measures about 18 cms or 7 inches in diameter, and took several days to complete. Being very self critical I could mention the faults I can see, and would do differently next time, but generally I’m fairly pleased with it.