A couple of years ago I was invited to take part in a local college program which was to be compiled of several courses on Fibre Art. My particular part in it was teaching embroidery. Since one of the issues that are very dear to my heart as an artist is the preservation of old traditions in art and crafts, I decided to design the course around several classic embroidery techniques.
My idea was to introduce the students to Cross Stitch, Crewel, Chain Stitch, Couching, Trapunto, Punch Needle and Lace on Net. I was going to show them samples of each and encourage them to choose the two that are most appealing to them. My hope was that distinct personalities and tastes would play their role and the students would make different choices. That way even though they wouldn’t be able to try all the techniques on their own, they’d be able to observe and interact with others who did and eventually return to continue their study, or even attempt to try them on their own.
I developed one small floral motif, which was simple enough to be completed in the course of several classes, yet pretty enough to be put to a further use and incorporated in another project.
|Chain Stitch Embroidery|
I intentionally used the same motif for all the different styles, in order to illustrate how various techniques create completely distinct look and effect. The idea was that when someone mastered more of the embroideries, they would have better and more interesting options when they designed their own projects.
Unfortunately, the idea about the Fibre Art courses was never realized at the end. However, I managed to complete the samples and I’m quite satisfied with the effect. I hope I can still put them to good use one day. After all they take a while to complete and it would be such a loss to keep them always hidden away in a box.
|Cross Stitch Embroidery|
|Lace on Net Embroidery|
|Punch Needle Embroidery|