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Bark Textures

Design and create a textured metal fabric panel inspired by tree bark.

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Duration
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2 to 4 days
Materials and techniques
Fabric, colouring media, metal fabric and colouring techniques, design elements, machine and hand stitch, embellishments.
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Skill Level
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Basic hand and machine stitching
Outcome
Create a project

The irresistibly tactile nature of bark is explored and refined. We will start with some simple design (tracing!) techniques to find the lines and patterns in the bark texture, the better to appreciate them both. Then we use these to create a painted and stencilled background panel and a beautiful textured and coloured centrpiece using woven metal cloth, beads, stitch and wires. This benefits from the use of a sewing machine, but has been achieved in handstitch alone if desired.