Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Cut,Create, Stitch

Three weeks ago I started a 6 week course at Dragon Hall in Norwich called
Cut,Create Stitch.
I do one day a week and our tutor is one of the Textile lecturers
from the local collage.

I have to admit I didn't really know what to expect 
other than looking at different things we can do with textiles
but I have to say I am loving it.

Dragon Hall is a Medieval Trading Hall
which has been restored and is used for all sorts of 
things from Weddings to workshops, 
Tudor minstrel shows to Vintage fairs.
It is a fabulous place to work although slightly dark.

Week One

The first day we had a real fright when we were
told we were going to do some drawing. 
I am no artist--believe me and I wasn't the only one to have this reaction.
So the phrase was changed to making marks as she didn't want a picture more shapes for us to follow.

The first thing we did was some rubbing, like brass rubbing but on all sorts 
of textured surfaces such as wood beams or brick floors,
which was great fun and really quite interesting as things really didn't come out how you thought they would look.

We then had 60 seconds to make a large representation of part of the wall in charcoal
rubbing lines out then turning the paper and doing it again and again.

This is one of the pictures I ended up with.
You can see all the beams that the hall is made up from
but it certainly changes the way I looked at
making marks.

The next thing we did was take one of our marks
and use it to make a mixed media picture by 
adding paper, fabric, wools and stitching.

This is my effort. 
My first mixed media art work
and I know it's no masterpiece but I'm quite pleased with it.

There is only one other lady on the course, which for the hall is a shame
but for us is great as we get almost one to one tuition.
This is her first picture which I think 
shows off the beams better than mine but we noticed very quickly that we 
look at things in a different way as I looked at a small part of the hall
 such as a window or a doorway
whereas she took in the whole thing and covered the whole paper.

I need to take some better photos before I tell you
about the next week.
See you soon.



  1. Wow, great idea to find some inspiration :) good luck with the rest of the sessions but this one's work is wonderful!

    Bee happy x

  2. Good luck with your course, it sounds great fun xxx

  3. Wow, just shows what you can come up with if you are stretched just a bit, doesn't it? I am going to do a one-day course at Dragon Hall in....November I think, with Tina (Kistchen Pink) should be fun!

    1. Her class is great fun and she is lovely. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. Looks like fun, and a lovely place to work in! Must check out this course, looks like it could broaden my imagination!! :)

  5. What a great course! I love your spinning in your previous post, how is it going? I really struggled until I tried spinning some BFL fibre and found it much easier x