Last week I started my second assignment - Small Tapestry, Own Design. I have so many wonderful ideas floating around in my head, but lack the technical skill to execute them. So I had to come up with something a bit more basic!
Papa Ghede, the Vodou l'wa of cemeteries and Ancestors, has been asking me to do his portrait for some time now. So that's what I'm doing. I haven't worked out whether I need to weave on the side or not, so I'll figure this out in my sampler.
Part of the process, according to the textbook, is preparation. Preparation? That word is not part of my artistic vocabularly! When designing a needlepoint, I have the idea in my head, get a blank canvas, draw all over it, and stitch, making most of it up as I go along. Here, I have to sketch my design first, do samples, etc. So starting slowly and carefully, rather than jumping in with both feet - this will be good for me, especially since I'm struggling with the technique.
I haven't heard back from TAFE about my sampler ... hopefully if I'm on the wrong track they'll let me know before I've done too much of this assignment!