Tuesday, January 22, 2013

workshop related to Module 2, Chapter 3

In the spring of 2012, I took a 1 day workshop, The Thread Workshop, with a representative from Superior Threads, Anita Zobens ( zobens@magma.ca , www.cottonmillthreadworks.com ). My samples from the day are posted below. It was a great way to familiarize myself with my machine, playing wiht the tension, and playing with various threads and how to adjust for them.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tonal Effects Using the Technique of Blackwork

The completed blackwork columns are pictured above. When they were not satisfactory, I redid them, but left the unsatisfactory work in place as a learning tool. Below are the actual planning of the patterns.  

Module 2, Tonal Columns in Stitchery

black pearl cotton 5 
black pearl cotton 5 + white quilting cotton
black pearl cotton 5 + white Coats crochet 50
black pearl cotton 10+ white Coats chain
black pearl cotton 10 + white DMC 12
black pearl cotton 8 +  white DMC 12
black pearl cotton 8 + white DMC 8
black pearl cotton 9 + white white DMC 8
black pearl cotton 9 + white DMC 5
black linen + white DMC 5
black quilting cotton + white DMC 5
white quilting cotton + black pearl cotton 9
white chain + black pearl cotton 8
white pearl cotton 12 + black pearl cotton 8
white pearl cotton 12 + black pearl cotton 9
white pearl cotton 8 + black pearl cotton 9
white pearl cotton 8 + black linen
white crochet cotton 5 + black linen
white pearl cotton 5 + black quilting cotton
white pearl cotton 5

Module 2, Tonal Columns

charcoal on paper

charcoal on paper

pencil and pen

pencil and pen

India ink with pine cone and stiff brush

India ink with cardboard edge and pine cone

India ink with pine needles and broken twig

India ink with sumi-e brush and scrunched paper

 white on black... chalk, Dewent Inktense pencil, acrylic paint and brush, punched paper circles and glue stick
above and below:  photocopied strips of black and white fabric arranged according to tone

Friday, December 28, 2012

Module 2, Animals and their markings



Blue Jay: strident, squawk, cheeky. bossy, loud, brazen.

Red-winged Blackbird Photo

Red Winged Blackbird: dweller of soggy places, both fresh and saltwater.
His song makes me smile.


Loon: Lonely cry, Loon's Necklace (folklore tale), clear echoing call sounds lonely, but very beautiful.

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Skunk: stinky, strong offensive smell (even scares off pumas and rattlesnakes)


Chipmunk: cheeky, cute, chunky cheeks, saucy, chatterer, quick, lively.



Raccoon: clever with its front paws, bandit, impudent, intelligent, invasive.

                                                    photos by Jacqueline Venus
Great Blue Heron: The upper picture is a machine applique of mine. Patience,
width 22" height 28",machine applique with hand embroidery, cotton, 
attached over stretched canvas
The lower photo, I took at the Dorchester Mill Pond, just east of London Ontario. 
This bird is majestic in appearance, very graceful and slow moving while hunting in the shallow water, but quite clumsy looking when taking off to fly.

photos by Jacqueline Venus
Painted Turtle: armored, colourful underplate, slow moving on land, but quick to splash into the pond when startled.


Peregrine Falcon: soaring, diving stooping, hunter, extremely fast (300 mph).
There is one of these amazing creatures living atop the TD Tower in downtown London. We know when he is in residence when we find various body parts of small animals on the sidewalk below.


Canada Lynx: beautiful cat, ruffled collar, hunter, stalker, soft and furry,


Canadian Rattlesnake: dangerous, deadly, diamond patterns, scaly, scary.

The animals I have chosen are all located in Canada.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Module 2 House finch

This little bird has occaisionally sat on the balcony of our 11th floor condo, and sang his amazing song. (Photo by J Venus)
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Module 2, Great Blue Heron

We often see this magniicent bird along the river bank fishing for his lunchPosted by Picasa(Photo by J Venus)