Canvasworkplus

The meeting started today with much excitement for those of us involved in the Travelling Books project - it was our first swap. We were all keen to have a look at what each other had done and chat about how we had found things while giving encouragement to those feeling a bit lost. The books are looking fabulous!

Many thanks to our speaker this week -  Diane Grant, whose talk was canvasworkplus.
Diane brought lots of examples of her work and also sketchbooks; we had very detailed slide show explaining her methods and showing how to produce some of the stitches and construct large pieces. Diane started her stitch journey on 1993 at an embroidery for leisure class progressing to City and Guilds, teaching and writing her own books. She explained her common denominator method working over 4, 6 and 9 threads. She incorporates paper, hand coloured canvas, hand dyed threads, beads buttons and even sea urchins in her pieces. The canvas work is given an extra dimension with the use of varying thickness and textures of thread. Diane showed us how she manipulates photos in Photoshop to help develop her designs, particularly the colour schemes she uses. A very interesting talk which brought a new perspective on canvas work.



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