I started by colouring some evenweave fabric. Up to now I hadn’t yet chosen a colour scheme and so I decided that I would use the pale yellowish brown of the brown wrapping paper and the blue/black of Quink ink.
4.5.1 My first coloured fabrics…
4.5.2 … and now some more.
The first exercise we were asked to do was to withdraw threads in different quantities to make different patterns.
At first, I tried using evenweave linen but I found it too fine to see properly what I was doing and very hard not to make mistakes. It was also difficult to remove the threads without the whole fabric distorting. I therefore tried some loosely woven scrim and this made it much easier.
At this point, I did stall completely and no amount of will-power could enable me to continue with the work and so I decided to have a complete break for a month (or more!) and return to my coursework, hopefully refreshed. This has happened and, as I’ve been looking at other students’ work, I have been inspired to continue. My first task, which I have now completed, was to draw together all the bits and pieces of work I’d been doing and post it on my blog. Now I am ready to continue with the rest of chapter 5.